What Does A Scientist Do on Her Day Off?

A picture of a female scientist
A female scientist.

There are a lot of people who think that what scientists do is very complicated work. Whilst there are moments when I feel at loss because of the different things that would have to be done, people should be aware that science exists all around us. This means that there is a chance that in some of the things that you do, you are almost like being a scientist yourself.

I believe that science has contributed a lot to how the world is right now. A lot of people are already reaping the rewards that science has opened up to this world, and quite frankly, there comes a time when constantly trying to find ways to improve how people live can become very tiring. This is the main reason why I take some days off too. It can be very relaxing and it helps my mind be more balanced again so that the next time I go to work, I feel like I am always starting fresh.

A lot of people probably don’t know this, but I am very fond of gardening. It all started when I was still a child and I saw my mom trying to take out some ‘plants’ from our garden. I asked her then why she was removing the ‘plants’ and she told me that what she was taking out were the weeds. The weeds were getting the nutrients that were supposed to be taken by the plants and it will make plants weaker if weeds would continue to grow. As I grew older, I also realized that weeds can appear almost everywhere and they can grow faster than normal plants. From that time on, I have become interested in plants and I am more passionate about gardening now more than ever.

Through gardening, I am able to forget about the deadlines of the work that I have to do. I can pluck out the weeds like I am plucking out the problems with the current experiment that I am working on. I can place in fertilizer so that plants will continue to grow and hopefully, I can place some new ideas in my mind too so that I can answer the current problems that I am faced with at work. Gardening makes time pass quickly. More often than not, I find myself wondering where the sun went only to realize that it is already starting to get late.

Sometimes when my plants are all going well and I want a day off gardening, I cook. A lot of people do not realize just how much energy cooking can take from the body, but I like the fact that I get drained because I am able to produce good food. I love learning new recipes, but mostly I get a certain type of fulfillment when I know that I am satisfied with the taste of the food that I have cooked.

It’s funny how the activities I like doing during my spare time is still somewhat related to science. This probably cannot be avoided because a lot of the processes that people would have to do are usually related to science. Thinking about these activities makes me look forward to my next day off. I can’t wait to get hold of my garden gloves and start weeding.

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