Thanks for sharing your stories guys!
I might as well share my whole life story, because music is a huge part of it.
Mine is a very very long one. Beginning I was 5. I used to go with my Grandpa to our Church. He would clean and I would sit at the piano in the Chapel and play little jingles, like Mary Had a little lamb. I never had lessons, but just started out by ear. A few years later I broke a tennis racket in order to make it strum like a guitar
Then I met one of my best friends shortly after. We banged on pots and pans as our first drum set --we wanted to be famous and in a band (that was when I was 10). I started teaching myself guitar when I was 12 years old when I moved to Traverse City. We were staying at a friends house while we were looking for an apartment to live in (it was summer time). They just happened to have a guitar. They had a chord chart and so I just studied and played all day it seemed. Shortly after that I started trying to figure stuff out --like the solos to Pearl Jam songs (in particular "Alive"). I still remember when I was 14 and I spent 4 straight hours listening to and figuring out "Light My Fire" by The Doors. When I was 15 I had a reunion with the Piano! I fricken loved it! I would sit for hours while my Dad would paint and just come up with stuff (again, this is when I was at a Church). It was a revelation to me.
I was also in a band at this time and feeling very inferior. I went through a rough time where I didn't study or do anything with guitar for about 4-5 years --I didn't believe in myself. I started dinking around with the Piano again at age 25 and decided, hey, maybe I'm not half bad. I set out to figure out some music. My first job to tackle was Lizst's Consolation No. 3 --and it was a success! That's when I really had the self-realization that I was actually good, and didn't doubt it, and no longer let my inferiority complexes get the better of me. I mean, I was thinking to myself "I just figured out a level 7 piano piece with no lessons and all by ear". How could I ever doubt? But life happens, and I again went through a phase where I didn't practice or play for a long time. Just about 2 years ago my wife and I acquired a MIDI keyboard and I learned more about VST and computer music (though I did know something before, just a little). At the suggestion of my brother, I sought out Royaly Free music libraries ever since.
That was my story mostly as a musician. Throughout almost all of that time I have written music in some form or another.
I also play drums, and started seriously doing that at about 20 years old (I am 31 now).
What I am working on now is starting to get a youtube channel up where I play Guitar, Drums, Sing, and maybe play another instrument at the same time
There's so much more, but I don't want to make this about me.