Most parents would find this natural air quality control efficiency extremely impressive, but my parents thought that it was shameful.
When I was growing up my parents had certain expectations for us that were… difficult to satisfy. Because both of my parents were extremely high functioning academic humans, they expected their children to be the same way. It was invalid if any of us failed a test, got a C on our report card, or desired to play on a sports team instead of the academic bowl. As you can imagine, these expectations only grew as we got older. By the time we were going off to college, my parents expected us to be several steps down the path towards a highly successful professional career, specifically one in science or engineering. Personally, I gave in to their demands and became a scientist. My brother, however, was insistent that he wanted to be an HVAC technician. He had been obsessed with air quality control appliances from an early age and was extremely mechanically minded. He took great joy in disassembling our furnace and air conditioning unit and putting them back together since he was a little kid. Most parents would find this natural air quality control efficiency extremely impressive, but my parents thought that it was shameful. They didn’t want my sibling to work in manual labor, even if it was a skilled trade like the heating and cooling industry. Well, he found a way around that. My brother ultimately went to school and became extremely specialized in biomedical research ventilation and air quality control, rather than plain old residential furnace repair. Now, he works in a better lab than I do, and he makes three times as much.