I feel immensely privileged to stand here above the main hall, looking down on Sue and Akeley’s elephants: both so massive in my mind but remain dwarfed by the grand hall that surrounds them. It’s humbling to realize I have the means to pursue the millions upon millions of other artifacts living in the cabinets and hallways that branch out from the public area. In the last few days I have not yet give up the novelty of becoming easily lost and disoriented on the way to my office, constantly turned around in the labyrinth of corridors; perhaps I would make it in a timely manner if I were not so willingly distracted by the endless cabinets of fascinating material to keep me occupied on my wanderings.  I never want to give up those feelings of being overwhelmed by wonder and possibility. 

I feel immensely privileged to stand here above the main hall, looking down on Sue and Akeley’s elephants: both so massive in my mind but remain dwarfed by the grand hall that surrounds them. It’s humbling to realize I have the means to pursue the millions upon millions of other artifacts living in the cabinets and hallways that branch out from the public area. In the last few days I have not yet give up the novelty of becoming easily lost and disoriented on the way to my office, constantly turned around in the labyrinth of corridors; perhaps I would make it in a timely manner if I were not so willingly distracted by the endless cabinets of fascinating material to keep me occupied on my wanderings.  I never want to give up those feelings of being overwhelmed by wonder and possibility.