I know that most of the answers here will be that; "I grew up on boats" or "around the water all my life" but I was asked this question and I had to think about it...
My parents came down for a visit and I showed them pictures of my new boat. For the last year I have been talking about buying a boat and taking a few years off to go sailing. I went to the Virgin Islands this year to take ASA courses. I think my mother has finally come to the realization that I am really going through with this and she asked;
"Where did this come from?" I have always lived around the water and have grown up spending summers swimming... But she says that she can never remember me ever talking about sailing or showing an interest in boats.
It got me thinking as to where I was actually stung by the salt water bug and as funny as it sounds I think I know where it was. The funny part is that it is the most unlikely way to start dreaming of sailing to far off shores. When I was 13 I had my tonsils removed and due to complications from surgery I had 3 weeks of recovery time. My mom got me an SNES game to play while I was recovering since I couldn't go outside (it was January in Canada). To this day I still play it whenever I am sick, I still have my SNES and only one game.
This was the game:
I can honestly say that I can follow my dreams back to that point in my life and since then it was something that was always in the back of my mind. My divorce last year put life into perspective and that was when I finally decided to actually do something more than just dream.
So when did you get bitten by the bug?
Oh and my mom said that she can't remember the last time I was so happy. It's amazing what a boat and some ASA courses can do to you.