Notice: This entry was published 4 years ago and may no longer reflect my views today.
Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight, or night? Please share why you picked your time of day?
I love watching the sunset, so I’d have to pick twilight. To me, the sunset symbolizes the end of a productive day, a job well done. It’s a clear distinction between working hard and playing hard.
Plus, I’m not a morning person at all. Nothing will convince me otherwise.
What is one goal you’d like to accomplish in your lifetime?
Buy a house. I’ve never lived in one place for more than a few years. My dad’s business took us several places, and then I went to study abroad, and I’ve kept on moving for one reason or another. Going to a new place was exciting when I was younger, but now I think I’m ready to settle down. Nest, so to speak. I want a real home.
If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
Rosalind Franklin. I’d love to hear her thoughts about sexism in the STEM fields which is still very much a thing today. There was a recent Medium article about how women shouldn’t code (written by a woman no less, sigh), and it’s frustrating that we have to justify our place in the tech industry. That article did nothing but insult women’s capabilities, by the way. Ugh.
Anyway, Franklin was an X-ray crystallographer whose research led to the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure. For those who don’t know the story, James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins deduced the double helix structure after viewing Franklin’s data without her permission. She was very close to finding the structure herself. Watson, Crick, and Wilkins won the Nobel Prize years later for their “discovery.” Her efforts were conveniently overlooked.
Their case is now a major talking point for ethics in research, but it also reflected the barriers women faced in science at the time and of which remnants still exist today. Franklin wasn’t the only woman in science who was snubbed by sexism.
If I could meet her, I’d tell her that she hasn’t been forgotten. I’d thank her for her work in furthering our scientific knowledge. None of what we know about DNA structure would’ve been possible without her.
You’ve discovered a time machine. Where and when would you travel to?
Not too far back. I’d go back to ten years ago, when my dad was still alive and healthy. Maybe I’ll urge him to see a doctor, warn him about the cancer. Or maybe just be with him again. Let him know how much I love him and everything else I never got to say.
If your life had a slogan, what would it say?
Don’t give up.
We all have our own demons to fight, and I know it’s hard. I won’t pretend I know what any of you are going through. All I can tell you is please don’t give up. Whatever dealing with, I believe in you. ♥
Thank you for the tag, Chester! Please do check out Getting to Know You & Me if you’d like to participate yourself. ◕◡◕