When I was just a kid, I was fascinated with fast, expensive cars. I was obsessed with them, trying to draw and design better versions. I swore to myself that when I grew up, I would be designing the big-name supercars. It was my dream (or so I thought, at that point in time). Like most kids though, I forgot about those dreams quickly and moved on. I struggled to find my calling, switching majors and "passions" for a few years.
So in one random setting, I was at a friend's place trying to cook some food. There were no real knives there, only cheap serrated ones. Imagine my experience trying to saw a couple onions into small dices. That was miserable enough that I tried bringing a santoku I had, but that was dull too. So here I am looking up videos on how to sharpen knives, and suddenly it's hours later into the night and I'm in YouTube abyss watching videos of Bladesmiths forge knives. That was it, I was hooked. I spent a while researching it, then took courses on machining, welding, metalwork, and eventually graduated with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering.