I stand before a great mountain
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With steep slopes and jagged peaks.
Around me is a dark and lonely forest
Where fear and shadows creep.
From every side I am surrounded
By many different voices.
I am afraid and unwilling
For there are many different choices.
But I know I must stand and lift my own voice.
I must be my own person and make my own choice.
I will climb the great mountain
and bravely strive to overtake, for through I may fall,
I will learn from my mistakes.
Written in high school/1989
Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness. -James Thurber