When I was in my late teens, an old family friend asked me "Why don't you do something?" I think he meant, why don't you get a job and contribute to the capitalist system.
However, I have always preferred to make things.
Not long after that I went to London to study bookbinding. While I do not really consider myself an artist, my life has been very much involved with the arts in the broadest sense of the term. I am very creative, but not very original.