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  • It is not easy to get your future figured out. When you're young, you no doubt ask yourself once in a while, who am I? Who do I want to be? Who will I be? All big questions, and all questions who's answers only you can determine. Now, you never know what your future's gonna look like. But you can always steer yourself in the direction you want to go; and sometimes life fights back, sometimes it lets you mold your own path. But in some cases, you have no idea who you want to be in the first place. Kids aren't really suppose to know what they want their future to look like, but most always have an idea in mind; an idea that pretty much changes every couple of months. But sometimes, you don't choose who you want to be; your future floats right up to you and taps you on the shoulder. "uh...person, you were looking for me?" Well, friends, that's just what happened to me. A book changed my life. Books and movies have a way of inspiring you, but this one really reached out at me. Some of you may have already heard of it, or read it (it's a classic written up in the 1950's): My Side of the Mountain. I just got sucked right into that damn thing. It was all about a kid who ran away from home to live off the land in the Catskills, and he lives of the plants and animals and trains a peregrine falcon to hunt for him. I've always been attracted to nature, to the swift flight of birds, the green of the forest, the trickle of the stream, long waving grasses, big rocks, mysterious footprints, sparkling snow....everything. I live for outdoors. So I read this book, and got intrigued into the amazing lives of falcons and the sport of falconry. And that's when future came and tapped me on the shoulder. Something clicked. I wanted to be a falconer! I wanted to have a beautiful, majestic bird sit on my fist and look into it's eyes. I wanted to save the declining populations of some falcons, work with the birds, and fly them to freedom. I won't get into the details. This just might be a faze, but I do know that my future will be spent working with nature.
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