4 days ago
I don’t think it is any coincidence that the @natgeo explorers festival #natgeofest ended today, on #fathersday . I spent an incredible week on stage, meeting hundreds of amazing people doing their best to explore and protect the planet. I got to meet legends like Sylvia Earle, see the archives of NatGeo, pitch ideas, build friendships, and above all, immerse myself in what I love the most - science and humanity. And the entire time as I met other people, I learned their origin story or their drive which makes them the humans they are. And on this special holiday, I would like to highlight mine.
The earliest memories I have of imagination were staring at my dads bookshelf, full of scifci novels and epic fantasies. I remember reading lord of the rings to us, and watching Star Trek at night. He was a nerd, and I wanted to be one too. He and my mother taught me the most important two life lessons I know :
WORK HARD, and BE NICE.
Being loud and loving, my family defined my personality today as an enthusiastic (loud...) yet hopefully caring and charismatic person. And through it all, my dads love of science and tech propelled me to explore. When my dad was taken from us too early due to ALS, he unknowingly forced me into my current path - I didn’t know exactly what I was doing, but whatever I did, I would do it well. As I stood on the stage this past week, almost 30, living in Hong Kong pursuing my PhD in marine research, I was struck by the path of it all. I am very proud of what I have done so far, and I know that’s because I have had incredible support and motivation. I know my dad would be proud, and though outrageously sad, I still smile. He taught me to live curious.
We are all humans with our own stories. Maybe if the world realized that, realized our humanity, we would work together better. That is my hope.
Thank you dad. I love you and miss you. Everyday.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out their - know that the most important thing you can do is to encourage, and support. You rock.
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