From the time I was very little I wanted to be a marine biologist. At times I dreamt of swimming with the dolphins and sea turtles far from land. Other times I imagined spending my days at Sea World training Shamu (my perspective on that has since evolved).
I just knew I was going to be a biologist. There was simply no doubt. What did take some time to determine, however, was what kind of biologist I wanted to be. I was quite interested in human medicine, but really solidified my goals in my late twenties.
Here I am, three months away from graduation, and I still have moments of doubt. I would never want to get through grad school only to discover that my heart was elsewhere. Can I practice medicine weekdays, microbiology in the evening and marine biology on the weekend?
One thing I know for sure is that I love how tiny the functioning world is. Did you know we have more microbe DNA in our bodies than human DNA? It is a beautiful, fascinating world.
If you're still hanging around this rather nerdy post, we must be kindred spirits. And I do have a point. I often get caught up in the requirements of my degree (and the humdrum of the subjects I do not favor) and forget why I love this field so much.
I needed to re-stain and view a sample of 'my pets', as my microbiology professor so aptly calls them, so I went into the lab early last Friday morning after dropping Kiddo off at school. The biology floor was a ghost town. I decided to bring my camera with me and started shooting the process. It was such a zen hour. I could have stayed there all day.
Do you ever have those moments where you realize you are doing exactly what you should be doing? It is an amazing feeling that is often fleeting. I'm so glad I caught it. Here's to those perfect seconds that remind us who we are and reaffirm that we have chosen the right path...
|Forgive the bags...it was early.|
|Looking through the lens (the red dots are bacteria)|
|A view from the top.|
|Grow my little friends.|