I played with computers briefly in 7th and 8th grade, but then lost interest in high school. Up until my first or second year in college, I was interested in political science and international relations; in college, however, I ran up against the dual realities that (a) most people who were studying such things didn't actually care about them; (b) most people active in politics were more interested in promoting their own status and ego than trying to get anything done.
At the time, many of my friends were into computers, and I had gotten a low-paying job helping people in the student computer labs. This led me inexorably down the path to programming, which was (to me) easy; the path from there was clear. I enjoy parts of programming --- figuring out why things are broken is a lot of fun, designing fixes is fun, implementing them, less so. I've found, too, that the people that are into it *for the money* are usually less good at it than people that are into it for love; I wonder if that's true of all industries?
I retain a strong interest in politics and international relations, and end up serving as a political analyst for most of my friends. I'm also trying to develop skills as a skateboarder, and a motorcycle rider. :)