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Crisis of Identity: 4 Steps to Learning Yourself

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Crisis of Identity: 4 Steps to Learning Yourself

Around 20 million years ago the ground below what is now San Luis Obispo was perforated by volcanic vents. These vents allowed for the passage of magma to the Earth’s surface and around that time magma began to congeal below softer rock at the surface. Over the following eons, the softer rock was eroded away by the powerful forces of wind, water, and dirt. To our eyes today, after millions of years of erosion, these volcanic plugs, as they are called, appear as rugged mountains known as the Nine Sisters. The tallest Sister, Bishop Peak, is now a silent sentinel over the city of San Luis Obispo. This peak has become a favored training ground for me during my time here in San Luis Obispo attending Cal Poly. It has become so special, in fact, that it has transcended the simple moniker of ‘training ground,’ I would venture to say that it is a form of church for me, a sacred place. The mountain’s jagged profile and jumbled, razor-sharp igneous rock provide for a trail system that is quite brutal. Running laps of this mountain in a continuous session, tagging the peak two or three times, will usher you into a transformative pain cave. That brutal simplicity is why this peak has sanctity, in my eyes…

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