(I wrote about a similar topic on The Fins United Initiative page. Check out Twenty Four: Lessons from putting off a PhD here.)
When I was younger I used to write fictional stories. I don't remember the stories but I remember the theme: fantasy mixed with a healthy dose of reality. I thought it would be cool to see one of my stories in the Scholastic book fairs I attended at the time, seeing my last name on the spine of a publication ‘one day.’ Well one day came and went and I found myself working an uninspiring nine to five, checking the boxes, paying the bills. There was no passion in what I was being paid to do (I was doing the work of office administration, being a fill-in receptionist, a litigation officer, etc). I wasn't leaping out of bed in the morning and felt pretty awful that it seemed like everyone else had it together while I was still stumbling through- even after getting the coveted degree!
Someone the other day asked me why I was so vocal. On Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram, in life. They didn't say it in a snarky or mean way- they genuinely wanted to know. Why did I put myself in a position where people could easily pick me apart and poke at my insecurities (and they have done both)? The answer I gave them led to a long conversation that in no way, shape, or form could I write down as eloquently as we both put our stances that day. To be honest, I've been struggling to find a way to write even the introduction of this blog post.
But it stuck with me: why do you do what you do? It's a question I'm sure we've all received from others and even ourselves. It's the question we mutter under our breath or scream at the top of our lungs in defeat and frustration. It's the question we answer at every university and job interview. And it's the question I want you to answer right here, right now. It doesn't have to be in the comments section, it can be whispered softly or thought out loud. I'm asking you : why do you do what you do?
Hi! I'm Melissa, an Australian-based Latina science educator, podcaster, and freelance writer. I spend a lot more time on Instagram and Twitter, but blogging is my first love. Thanks for stopping by — I hope you stay a while.
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