Growing up in upstate New York I was always an active kid.  Playing baseball, soccer, hockey, you name it!  New tech and "grown up" toys have always fascinated me, especially cameras.  My first pro camera I held was in high school.  My ex girlfriend had a pro camera that she let me play around with.  She taught me the basics of rule of thirds and exposure.  I quickly fell in love with the camera and as soon as the next Christmas I had my own.