Thoughts on Nigel Farage
Whilst making my afternoon cup of tea today, squished into a gap between emails about fusion energy education, finding promotional aurora photos for a magazine, and worrying about the ever-lengthening To Do list, I found myself thinking, à la Nigel Farage, “I want my life back!”
But then I thought, “Hey, lady, this is your life. And you love it!”
If I won the lottery tomorrow I really don’t know what I would give up.
I love working in fusion energy and I’m so excited about the fusion community – and particularly my team at Tokamak Energy – learning and overcoming challenges in plasma physics, materials science and magnet engineering that are bringing us ever closer to a clean, safe energy source for the future.
I loved all the research I did for my book Aurora, travelling to the Arctic learning about folklore and history, seeing extraordinary things and beautiful places, learning about the Sun and near-Earth space, about the Earth’s magnetic field and our atmosphere – and how all these things combine to create the magical northern lights.
I love talking to people now about the aurora, sharing my stories and learning theirs.
I love working in education – seeing the spark of interest and curiosity in students, answering their questions and helping them on their own journey.
I love climbing mountains and learning about “extreme medicine” and exploration, and making more plans for the future – for more expeditions and more books and who knows what else!
I wouldn’t give up any of these things. Because the world is a wondrous place and I get to explore it. Maybe Nigel Farage wanted his life back because his passion was disruptive and draining.
Yes, I’m tired too. But I’m so, so lucky.