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The Hunt For Identity Analysis

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The Hunt for Identity
An American poet, A. R. Ammons, once said “You have your identity when you find out, not what you can keep your mind on, but what you can’t keep your mind off.” Our identities are a composition of our interests and when we find the interests in which we never want to abandon, we create passions that will begin shaping us into who we are. When I reflect on my passions my mind immediately lands on nature. From running cross-country, to fishing, hiking, or gardening, nature has given me more than a million interests, but when it comes down to the one that has truly provided me my identity I can without a doubt say hunting.
At the early age of just five years old, after months of begging and pleading “Papa please take me with you, please!”, my grandpa reluctantly agreed to take me hunting for the first time. Looking back, I can’t say I blame him for being skeptical considering five-year-old me would have an absolute meltdown each time I spotted a bug with in ten feet, but now I could never imagine where my life would be had he not taken me with him that day. That day I fell in
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Being not only the youngest, but only female on the hunting lease I have found the importance, as well as the challenge, of containing my pride. Every hunter dreams of experiencing that taller than a mountain feeling as they drag their trophy into camp to be cleaned and rattle on about “exactly” how it happened. In my years of hunting I have been lucky enough to have that extraordinary, pride filled feeling several times and although I wanted nothing more than to holler out “yeah you bet I made that shot!” each time, I recognize that each member of the lease puts in just as much as I do; I was just the lucky one that day. Ultimately, hunting showed me that humbleness may seem like a minor act, however, when you are on the other side of it, it can be one of the most
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