I lived my teen years and early twenties ignoring this by keeping it as an hobby.
Not really knowing what I wanted to do for a living I enrolled in a mechanical engineer course that I left unfinished after two years. I ended up with a degree in multimedia design and became a web designer. It quickly started to feel like a boring way of living.
It was around this time that I became aware people were building guitars for a living, and that there was all this information about Luthiery available out there. It felt like a spark and from that day I could not stop.