I was talking to Gwen and she expressed concerns about what life will be like after college. Will she be able to find a job and make enough money to become self-sufficient?
I told her, “Of course you will.” Then I went on my merry way.
A few days later, I got to thinking about that conversation and how I dismissed her concerns. I remember having those same fears at her age. It seems like a distant memory now, but at the time it was real and stressful.
I realized I owe Gwen an apology for not paying attention to what she was saying. Instead of dismissing her concerns, I should have told Gwen I understand what she is feeling and it is normal. I should have been more empathetic and reassuring. I should have reminded her that I am here to help in anyway I can.