It may be a quote from a cartoon out of the 90's, but it really sums up the "why?" in most of my life. Curiosity and exploration of the world, simply because it's there, are the fundamentals behind both my career, and my hobbies.
My career is that of a scientist, studying how microbes cause disease (by poking and prodding them), and trying to use that knowledge to create something good, whether that is a new medical treatment of the disease, or something new altogether. I always want to know "why?".
My hobbies, on the other hand, involve more actual button pushing. Most of my outside of work/school time revolves around photography; taking pictures, taking road trips, watching the stars, and teaching others.
I started carrying a camera three years ago, as a way to force myself to see things more closely, and to start wondering "What's out there?" I had just finished undergrad, and had moved away from home for the first time, to a completely new world. There were so many famous places to see, and many more obscure ones, that I would spend hours pouring over Google Maps and Wikipedia, wondering "Where does this road go?". Most of the time, I would end up driving the road on a weekend day. Sometimes, I got good pictures, others, not so much. I was never discouraged, no, quite the contrary. I wanted more. I started having dangerous thoughts, such as "Hey, Fort Bragg is only 40 miles from here! I should go!", or "I'm already in Shasta, I should go to Crater Lake!". These trips would take me far from my home base, to some incredible scenery, where the payoff was mostly in the journey.
Nowadays, I prefer to be even more spontaneous and organic with my trips; I will look over some maps in the morning, be in the car and on my way in five minutes, and be out somewhere new by the afternoon.
It's still not enough, to simply go out and see for me. I want to talk about it, to see how other people see these places, their worlds, and learn from their experiences. For this, I'm actively in the photography club on campus, a group where one can talk artistically, technically, or listen to the art of exploring light.
Some of my work: