When you are passionate about something, you tend to relate almost everything else to that “thing.” For me, that “thing” is math. I relate almost everything in my life to math. Whether it’s my hair (curl pattern, texture, etc.), my dishes (the way they are stacked in my cabinets), the highway (the number of car spaces between my car and the car in front of me), or even the shadow on my dining room wall (it’s a reflection of my light fixture and it’s shaped like a sine curve reflected across the x-axis).
I think mathematically… I count the number of steps it takes to get to the bottom of the stairs, I count the number of tile squares it takes to create the pattern on my bathroom floor, I count the nails in the walls, and I count the number of holes there are in the design of my laundry basket.
So, do I think mathematically because I happen to enjoy math or do I enjoy math because I think mathematically? Either way, I am passionate about mathematics and mathematical concepts and ideas. And as much as I try to hide behind my desk (and avoid teaching), I still get excited when having conversations about all things math! Thanks for the brief conversation S. from NC!