When I was 15, I had an epiphany that changed my life. I had always been pretty good at math, but I found it boring. Who cared about all these abstract numbers? There was no pleasure in it for me. Even when you calculated the area of a back yard that could be enclosed by a certain length of fence, or whatever, it just seemed like an analogy, designed to make a boring pointless subject more interesting by relating it to something "real". Still boring. Despite teachers' entreaties, I never joined the math team in high school.