I'm the kind of person that other people look at and say "well, you know, those scientists.." always, however I'm not any kind of young experimentator, how came to the lab too small to work on the bench and do student projects on topics their teachers don't even understand. Well.. on the other hand.. in primary school I was all the years just waiting for the chemistry, because I've seen somewhere that chemists mix different couloured things and create other coloured things and explosions and other interesting stuff. We had a surplus beaker from some friends at home and I always thought it is SO cool. I collected old remnants of coloured soaps and planned to mix them and heat and see what will come aout of that (or maybe I even did that and was dissapointed).
Later parents bought me half-toy microscope (half toy since it had plastic, not glass lenses) and I was excited. But I didn't know on what to look, you know, knew nothing about cells probably and where to get any, solid objects were just black under the microskope. So I cut a part of sheer curtain which is thinn and..sheer, so now my parents were not excited.
Even later I got a better one, even with some brime shrimp eggs to grow, but somehow they didn't. I found now better specimen, but still soon nothing interesting was found arount to look at. Later I learned, that the main reason was, that this microscope has such horrible chromatic and possibly other abberations, that I wasn't able to see anything in colour, all colours seen were arteficial, the contrast was horrible and resolution too.
Now I got lost in my story.. ehm..anyway, I always was kind of vaguely interested in everything around, but never got to anyone who could lead me in those years, I heard about people doing student science projects in biology, but that meant like calculating the beatles in certain area or observing a snail or something. I'm obviously not that kind of biologist
I only get molecular biology to focus when I heard the term for the first time. Our prominent biology teacher wrote "molecular biology" on the blackboard and said a definition of it. And at that moment I said to myself, I want to do this.
Also it came combined with my love of big cats. Years before I had a subscription to a childrens science magazine and there was an article about cheetahs. I love cheetahs... you can notice
The article was about the special kind of cheetah called "king cheetah", which was originaly thought to be a different species, but the article explained it's only a mutation.
There was a schematics of "something" inherited from each parent, and which combination can or cannot make a king cheetah (didn't know it then, but it's a autosomal recessive trait). Of course I didn't get it, at all, since there were two patches of fur representing two alleles but I didn't know about pair of genes and alleles so I only saw two patches in every individual and couldn't understand why on the earth are there two. But I get that genetics must be really something interesting. And cheetahs.
So to conclude, I'm simply doing what I was always meant to do, though I got to that only bit later in life. I'm pretty happy in my niche and with my lifestyle
You know being a scientist carries a lot of social excuses, I like to exploit that sometimes
(and sorry for the long post)