It’s always interesting to hear from others about what set them on the path they’re on, no matter what career path that is. I just read Chanda’s guest post on the matter over at Backreaction. Chanda is a theoretical physicist in training, and so from my point of view it is interesting to hear about her choices since I chose the same career myself.
Since I’m also keen that talented women and people of colour can learn that they can choose to do science careers, and hope that it continues to become increasingly likely that they make their way in such careers with the same opportunities as everyone else, it was also interesting -and encouraging- to read her thoughts (since she is in both categories). Have a look at her post yourself, and also her post on Cosmic Variance about some of those issues.
Whether or not you read it, don’t hesitate to share with us your own recollections. What made you choose to do that which you do? What inspired you? What keeps you on track? What inspires you now? Please realize that it does not have to be anything to do with science! This may be more than idle chatter, since those it will also be interesting and useful for those who have not yet chosen to hear some of your stories.
Don’t be shy!