Personal Narrative: Sweetest Relationships

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I remember the first time I saw Mt. Rainier. I was fifteen years old and had spend the year before working several jobs after school to fund this trip and I was now at its feet. It was bigger and badder than I’d ever imagined and I was scared. I realized I was intimidated enough that if I continued to dwell on it, I would quit. Mountains are funny; you may know you 're ready to climb them, but the close quarters combat you do with your mental demons the night before can be overpowering enough to cause anyone to desert their post. So I no longer thought on the ten thousand vertical feet above my head I’d eventually climb, but only on the portion of the mountain immediately in front of me, a section I whittled down until it was small enough for …show more content…
I list family and religion together since they’re almost synonymous to me, although each have their responsibilities that require meaningful work to be effective. The currency of both is nearly identical as well: service, both in time and actions spent with each relationship. This service has guided the development of some of the sweetest relationships I 've ever experienced. Climbing is a priority that has taken me to some of the most untamed and beautiful places on earth. Through it I’ve learned ownership and stewardship. Ownership from managing and taking responsibility for everything in these remote wilds, and stewardship from the development and repairing of climbing anchors, building trails, and mentoring fledgling climbers that I 've done.

Three years ago I knew a watershed was imminent. Even though there were areas I was interested in studying, I never had any specific plans. However, I knew that it was time to commit, so I fully concentrated on the task at hand. With the purpose of learning more about myself, and with my future in mind, I spent the year systematically considering what field of study I wanted to join. Taking personality tests, job shadowing, and talking with current professionals, I jumped in the deep end on my

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