I've never studied philosophy. I never considered it before. I never thought of myself as a philosopher in any way.
Then, a few months ago, I ran across a book called, The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy. I love the Narnia books and thought this might be an interesting read. Boy was it! It was a collection of essays mostly written by university professors of philosophy. Some of the essays I didn't care for much. Some weren't to interesting to me, but I read them all and learned a little from each. Some of the essays were excellent and thought provoking.
As I read the book, I realized, I've been a philosopher for a long time and just never realized it. It's hard to explain, but about a year ago, I came up with an idea regarding the Narnia books. I did my best to write down these thoughts, but they were hard to put into words. I now realize I had a philosophical idea. Who knew you could do that without knowing it?
Now, I'm looking to read another book from the same author/editor. He has done several, but the next one I want to read is The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy. It too is a book of essays. I think it will make for very interesting reading.
When I started college, I knew what I wanted - to be a camp director. To become a camp director, I needed to study recreation management and administration. Done. What I didn't realize while I was in college was the amazing amount of other interests and studies that were out there. In the last decade, I've developed interest in the history of Indo-European languages, onomastics as a formal area of study, linguistics, etymology, and now I can add philosophy to my list. It makes me wonder, what's next?