Decades ago I chose physics as a major because I couldn't decide which science I loved most. I ended up a triple major in physics, philosophy and economics. I called it the theory of everything.
I had been turned off of history by public school. But my spouse was a history buff and loves to read aloud. She showed me that history is really about stories and not just dates and facts. She also introduced me to Jane Austen, Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskel, which we share aloud, and in various TV miniseries.
I had always been dissatisfied with my public school experience. The bullying peer culture, the waste of time, and the one size fits all pace of learning. I remember hating when summer was over and reading and learning had to be put on hold for another year. So, when I learned of the unschooling movement championed by John Holt, I gradually came to realize there were alternatives. When my oldest child started in the age segregated factory model school system, we saw her change under the stressful culture, and we realized we couldn't institutionalize her is such an inhumane unnatural system. So we homeschooled and unschooled all three of our children through the GED and they've gone on to university. My youngest just had his first day of school at the U of New Mexico this semester. The older two have graduated. One in linguistics and the other in art and classics.