But I also had my mother. And she said she never saw the conflict between religion and evolution. Louis Leakey—my great mentor who dug up early man—he felt the same. So I had this, and then, yes, it all came together in the forest. But you have to remember, I didn’t start as a scientist. I wanted to be poet laureate, and I wanted to be a naturalist. That’s how I began. I didn’t have any desire to go and be a scientist. Louis Leakey channeled me there. I’m delighted he did. I love science. I love analyzing and making sense of all these observations. So it was the perfect rounding off of who I was into who I am.
I'm not a scientist, but I had a mother (and other people) who believed I could be whoever I wanted to be. I remember a number of teachers who encouraged me and thought I could do anything.
Believe in someone who is in the process of becoming. It makes a difference. You can change their life.