Mt. Tam On A Dark Fall Night Analysis

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Picture this, I’m sixteen, it is pitch dark, the night before Thanksgiving, and I’m driving alone down the 101 toward Stinson Beach. I am trying to find my way to the house my family rented for the holidays. They are already there, waiting. When you’re growing up it’s hard to internalize the changes you go through. You’re too close to yourself to recognize the forces shaping you as you move from childhood toward adulthood. Sometimes, though, it takes just one event for you to suddenly see the new characteristics in yourself. Sometimes you’re able to step back and identify the events in your life that ignite this growth. One of these realizations came to me while lost on the side of Mt. Tam on a dark fall night. The first quarter of my junior

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