Not really, no. I think the most important things when you’re talking about science and your work to other people are to be enthusiastic but also honest about it. If anyone finds anything I say inspiring then that’s great and obviously part of the reason why I do things like this is to try to encourage anyone who likes science and who might be thinking about taking it further. Or to encourage people who aren’t thinking about science at the moment! But I don’t actively think about being someone’s idol.
No, I don’t think I could be lazy and do nothing. I’m not a robot, so I do enjoy a weekend with nothing planned, just sitting watching TV. But I would hate a holiday sitting on a beach for a week, as I would feel the need to be doing something.
I love science, so even if I won the lottery and didn’t have to work, I think I would still keep working because I love it so much!