I think it was the endless pursuit of me wanting to play games, and my passion for taking things that I can get my hands to, apart.
My mom used to take me to her office from time to time, and when I'm bored and had nothing to do, she would let me play games on her office computer, it was an old Compaq Presario with Windows 98 on it. It had Hangaroo, that was the first ever PC game I played, lol, this was around the early 2000s.
Then my parents bought a knockoff VCD Player that included a disc that had 300 games (at least that what it said, most of those 300 games were just repeat lists), that's where I discovered classic console titles. I still remember the first game I played on that VCD player, it was 1942. That game disc included lots of classic titles such as Legend of Kage, Contra, Super Mario Bros., Jackal, etc. I had a blast playing those games on that knockoff VCD player. I was around 7 at the time, and although my parents were pretty strict on play hours, they weren't so much on what kind of games I played, so I guess I can say I'm still pretty lucky.
After that, a good family friend gave us a hand-me-down Dell pre-built PC that I was so excited to try, I broke it by frying the PSU (I forgot to switch the voltage to 240V from 115V). It was crazy, it was like all my dreams were crushed.
And pretty much everything after that has led me to here, I now build PCs and teach people how to PC (I teach basic computer software and hardware stuff to kids and adults alike). lol