What you are about to read is my personal story of SIMS applications to geochemistry. Ever since I accepted the invitation by Janne Blichert-Toft to write this, I constantly struggled to decide how I should turn it. Early on, I intended to make this volume useful for a wide range of geochemists by reviewing the history of technical developments and applications in a comprehensive way. But….I changed my mind. It would have been a dry read despite its potential usefulness. Instead, I decided to tell my own struggles, joy of discovery, and my own metanoic moments.

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