I’ve always found it quite difficult to describe who I am.

Not because I don’t know who I am, but because there are so many facets to who I am. However, there are some key things about me that become quite obvious to people who become my friends.

I’ve had a deep passion for space that started when I was 5 years old, and it seems to be something that’s only getting stronger over time. A special thing happens when you’re passionate about something for so long. The knowledge you gain about it starts to compound, first slowly, then suddenly and before you know it, you have something special.

It took me a while to really understand how rare an early passion like mine is, and this probably comes off as obtuse but I’m not even sure how people go about their lives without having something they’re passionate about…I know I couldn’t. There are specific instances in my life that made me feel like I was “losing” my passion for space, and that was always correlated with an experience that felt like a mental breakdown. My best theory is that my passion for space is such a big part of who I am, that I have no idea what I am without it…

It’s a bit scary to think about that sometimes. I know that there are people out there that envy what I have, but the flipside is that it can be painful as well. There’s a sense of responsibility that comes with my passion, a sense that I’ll never be whole until make a significant contribution to the exploration of space. It also makes me feel like a monomaniac at times, but as you would probably guess, I’d never want it any other way.

Anyway, you get the point. I’m a big space nerd.

The other thing you should know about me is my love for scuba diving and travelling. Maybe the central theme is a love for exploration. I’ve always had wildly ambitious goals when it came to things I wanted to do with space, and now I also have a goal of travelling to 100 countries before I turn 30.