I was thinking about that quote on Sunday while I was watching Cosmos and participating in a live tweet session during the show.
The quote is from Douglas Adams, in his book The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul. In the book, one of the main characters, Dirk Gently is explaining his rather unique way of navigating -- namely following someone who looks as if they know where they are going.
I always knew I wanted to do something in science. In elementary school I wanted to be a marine biologist because I loved dolphins and whales. Then I decided that I wanted to go into aerospace engineering -- I loved building rockets and I loved everything having to do with flight.
The thing that I remember most though was that during middle school, I didn't have teachers that helped me to foster this love in science and flight. I was laughed off rather than supported, and slowly, I changed my mind about what I wanted to be.
I think that this always stuck in the back of my mind and maybe this is one of the reasons that I became a teacher, to make sure that no one else was made to feel the way that I was.
Getting back to Cosmos. The thing that I loved reading during the show and afterwards, was how many kids were excited and inspired by the show. Especially young girls. Twitter was full of parents sharing their stories, and even, one adorable video of a two and a half year old going CRAZY over the Moon, the Sun, Jupiter, and anything else that she saw. I also have an amazing friend, Steph, who recorded the show so that she could watch it with her daughters since it was on too late for them.
In closing, all I can say is "go get them girls, and boys, and kids at heart." Follow your dreams, no matter how big and lofty they are.