My Family And My Passion For Conservation Essay

801 Words Jun 7th, 2015 4 Pages
There were three boys in middle school who liked to tease the girls in my church; they especially enjoyed tormenting me and my two friends. I remember one particular occasion in which my friends and I were walking down the sidewalk and the boys approached us from the opposite direction. One of them was holding a lizard in his hand, and he thrust it into the faces of my friends. When they realized what it was, they screamed and stepped back a few steps. The boy then turned to me with a mischievous grin on his face and shoved the lizard in my direction. My response? A genuine cry of “Aww, how cute!” Needless to say, my answer spoiled their fun.
My family likes to joke that we are the strange ones who run to snakes, lizards, and other creepy crawlies while everyone else runs away from them. The curiosity about nature that I acquired from my family and my passion for conservation have been critical aspects of my identity for as long as I can remember. Early childhood encounters with animals and nature magazines like Zoobooks sparked my imagination and caused me to dream of one day working in a conservation-oriented career. As a Christian, however, I have also understood for many years that there is a fine balance between being a wise environmental steward and serving people, whose lives are far more important than the lives of animals. For a long time, I felt that I would have to choose either a career dedicated to animals or a career dedicated to helping humans. Ideally, I…

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