|A cheetah on the S-28 at Lower Sabie, Kruger National Park (South Africa): Credit: Mukul2u|
Contrary to what everyone was expecting of me, I didn't go into biology or end up doing anything with animals. Cellular biology killed that for me so I went to what I was more talented in and became an engineer. Growing up, my second major passion was lego, so it was an obvious choice given that I did well in math and physics.
As I grew into teenage-hood and then adulthood, university and my career really took the forefront of my focus, and I largely forgot my passion about animals. It was like that friend you had growing up that you were inseparable from, but suddenly circumstances made you lose touch. I always remembered my passion for animals, but largely didn't see it as an adult pursuit. It was more of an artifact of my childhood to reminisce about.