A feel good day

I just mentioned to someone on Twitter that today was a feel good day. It was a rough day on the one hand (some heavy thinking on one of the projects I supervise at work wore me down), but also quite an amazing day.

For one, the weather was amazing today, and with many colleagues we just enjoyed an extended coffee break outside in the sun. I’m still avoiding indoor situations that require me to unmask in crowds, and so I typically don’t stay long in groups and certainly don’t drink coffee with them. This was a long winter. But it’s a price I am willing to pay for reducing covid exposure for my family. Being outside again, hearing conversations around me felt a bit like magic. I zoned out and listened to people talk. I hope it will be a long and sunny summer.

The second reason for the day being good is that I received the news that my paper in Functional Ecology was shortlisted for the Haldane Prize for early career researchers. I think that’s pretty cool. Yesterday I wrote a post about what is the best compliment I had. At an academic level, I think this is a wonderful recognition or compliment for the work. I was one among a broad selection of other bright early career researchers that were shortlisted. I’m grateful to be on this list, although I somehow feel like I don’t even deserve to be there. Let’s see how it goes.

For now, I will just continue my evening feeling good 😊.

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

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