As far as I can remember I've always wanted to be a pilot and fly airplanes! At least since kindergarten, according to my parents. Neither them nor I knew exactly why, as nobody in my family has any ties with aviation. And it is like that today. 25 years after receiving my first pilots licence, I am still looking forward to (almost) every flight as an airline pilot driving the Airbus 320.
For a felt eternity though, I was too young to take off in a real airplane. However it didn't matter too much to me because in my imagination, my flight simulator was at least as good as the real thing! I started out in the 80s with some sort of F-16 simulator on an old 286 PC with only a keyboard and a monochrome monitor showing the horizon and some "pyramid" mountains.
I discovered Microsofts Flight Simulator in 1988 and got my first joystick. After that many, many different simulators, both civilian and military, followed. Even when I was allowed to start flying real airpanes (gliders) at the age of 15, I still continued to "fly" and love my various simulators.
In a constant effort to improve realism, I started to build my first simpit back in 1990, when aged 12 and more or less hang on to this passion ever since. I still love to build flight simulators and associated hardware.