Your experiences do create who you are. I was a math student but had to take the required Art Appreciation class in college. Well when everyone else was studying the art masters, my professors idea was students had to try different art mediums and produce a project in each one. I would not have ever even known what a wheel was if not for that class. I threw a very thick 6" bottle with a thin neck and never forgot the experience. (Still have it somewhere). After 40 yrs I had an opportunity to try clay again and it is everything I remembered. It is dang....FUN. I now have a wheel and kiln in my garage, access to a great art center and enjoy the potters social life. Never underestimate what we give and take from life experiences.