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Taking Comfort in Science and Nature

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As far back as I can remember I have had two things that I take comfort in, nature and science. For me they were a constant source of awe, joy and wonder in my life. I’m not sure I have the words to fully describe how I feel but I it’s like the world makes sense and I can understand a bit of it because of science and nature. I treasure this feeling because I often feel confused, lost and overwhelmed by social expectations.

I was lucky enough to have many adults show me that science is cool and fun. That it’s a way of thinking about the world, not just facts you need to memorize for science class. I remember my Mom teaching my elementary class about magnets and letting us play with magnets to show the scientific principles. That was so awesome and I can remember thinking that my Mom was the coolest person ever. She taught me a lot about science and life. My Dad also helped me appreciate science and nature. When I was a kid, my Dad had lots of cool animals like snakes, scorpions and tarantulas that were used for teaching purposes and lectures. My Dad also had pigeons that I helped take care of and got to play with too. We went on lots of nature walks were he showed me the wildlife; I always enjoyed our time together.

Even though as a kid I desperately wanted to be a professional scientist, as an adult I realized that it wasn’t the right fit for me. I learned that becoming a professional scientist takes hard work and years of studying. I learned an important lesson, you can be passionate about a subject but not very good at it. I’m okay with that now but it was really hard for me to appreciate at the time. While I’m not a professional scientist, I think everyone can understand and appreciate the Scientific Method in their everyday life.

My passions are science and nature, what are yours? I believe it’s important to have something that everyone is passionate about in their lives. I hope that you embrace your interest or find your own passion this coming year. Learn more about yourself and try new things, celebrate what makes you uniquely you this New Year! Happy 2018 to everyone