Question #5: Who do you look up to? Who are your mentors? Who inspires you? Why?
Aaaaaand we're back. I've been a bad blogger about updating for a while now, and it's time to pick up this thread again.
In no particular order, these are the people who I feel admiration for today. The list might change tomorrow. These are the people who make my heart catch in my throat if I imagine that I have the opportunity to sit down to lunch with them.
- Robert, the best tango instructor in the universe. Maybe in other universes, too.
- Don, my kick-ass math tutor and friend from my undergrad years. He was in the military, and then decided to study math. 'Cuz it's fun. He helped me to truly grok a lot of the higher-level coursework, and we had so many great discussions.
- Melissa, my feminist blogger hero. She has so much strength, the ability to beautifully articulate so many important sentiments that can be so darn hard to express, and has put so much work into making her blog into a safe space for everyone. I admire her from the very depths of my being.
- Leo, of course. All bloggers everywhere admire Leo, as far as I can tell. For his success, for his eloquently simple and peaceful perspective on life, and for his ability to cut out all the noise and focus on what's really important.
- My grandfather. He's incredibly strong, kind, and perseverant. With a snide sense of humor so subtle that it can take days to even realize he'd made a joke. But it was a damn good one.
- Gala, for being unabashedly fabulous, glittery, and in love with herself.
- And of course, Nikola Tesla. For being an amazingly radical scientist whom history seems to have largely overlooked. Also Barbara McClintock. Same reason.