If you share agree that science is undervalued in society; that too few people understand how scientists can contribute to solving problems like global climate change, biodiversity loss, and control of infectious diseases; that too few people understand the role scientists can play as neutral arbiters of what policy options are achievable;2 then you have a responsibility to do what you can to share the wonder and the beauty of science with as many people as you can. That's part of what I'm trying to do here.
The good news3 is that this is something I can do.As I mentioned a long time ago, I know myself well enough that the one thing I can do reasonably well in communicating is to be clear. I'm not very funny (at least not intentionally), and I don't have good stories to tell. What I can do is to share what I know in ways that are reasonably easy to understand so that those who want to learn are able. That's my "voice". And I've learned that no matter how much I wish I weren't a wallflower,no matter how much I wish I could tell a good story, I can't. That's not me. I can only be myself, even if that means I am a cerebral, literal minded, poor storyteller who thinks too much. At least that's my genuine voice, so that's what you'll hear.
Following Randy's advice, though. I will try to lighten up now and then, maybe even kick my shoes off and wiggle my toes in the sand or (horrors!) roll up my pant legs and wade out from shore. In short,I can't stop being a scientist. But maybe I can stop being such a scientist.