I've always been fascinated by anatomy and medicine, and planned to be a doctor. This plan solidified at age 15: I would be a general surgeon and practice in the developing world where help was needed most. I love using my mind and hands together. Then I developed a constant headache, and later fibromyalgia and muscle pain, so became a professional patient instead.
With pain came many hours to fill...daytime tv is even worse than it sounds! I'd always been interested in beautiful textiles. I took up knitting to keep from going crazy. I also started quilting, even making a twin-sized quilt for my best friend. She still uses it :) I started garment sewing more recently.
I was forced to find a new passion in handwork and am glad for what I've learned. The feeling of creating something beautiful and unique is unmatched. Sometimes, though, I can't help but think "what if."
Have you had to find a new passion, or did one sneak up on you? Is your passion a retreat from the stresses of everyday life? I'd love to hear what most excites you about your hobbies and passions.