I was 14 in 1969.
I received a 10g tank for Christmas.
By March, I had convinced my parents and we open our towns first aquarium shop -eventually ~60 tanks.
By 1972 as the character John LaRoache would later say in the movie "Adaptation" ....[I was] "done with fish".
Though successful and mildly profitable we sold the shop and it continued another another half dozen years or more.
Haven't touched a fish since.
Before finishing college, I developed a passion
for plants, gardening, cultivated and wild herbs, perennial and wild flowers etc., mainly via conversations with my grandmother and a slide show by a local biology professor.
It has continued in fits and spurts for 40+ years.
Then a few months ago, I went to Petco to fetch an aquarium to house my rag-tag band of orchids for the winter.
I started designing an orchidarium/ paludarium for a new house the family is moving to in the Spring.
I stumbled across SerpaDesign
Then Josh Sim
Now I'm growing an emersed C. wendtii
in my home office.
We are adapting.