On paper my life looks perfect. On the outside I look happy. 2 beautiful children. Happily married since years.
Over 10 awards and research grants.
Prestigious Research Fellowships.
Excellence Summer School.
Top 10 % of researchers in the Netherlands.
Nature Methods co-authorship.
You never know what is going on inside a person. Do not assume anything, because their life looks picture perfect.
Be kind. Be an ally. Ask “How are you?”.
P.S. This is 20 year old me. I look very happy and no one knew how I really felt. What happened to my mom took a toll on me. I am more resilient today. I am grateful I am alive.
-by Anna Schueth