Sure. I started collecting when I was 5. My family was quite poor, and I don't know how I got the stamp album. It may have been a present. The album was noting more than a paper booklet, maybe 20 or 30 pages, and I got a bunch of stamps with it, all cancelled, all common varieties from around the world. It was fun seeing pictures of all the interesting people and thing, and it actually got me interested in learning at a very young age. After some time, I got a real album with a hard cover, and of course more stamps. It really got me interested in the world around me. It truly motivated me intelletually, and I was the first person in my family to go to college. After that I joined the Navy and I got to visit some of the exotic places I read about.My first fisit to Europe was flying into NAS Rota (Naval Air Station, Rota, Spain). I travelled via MATS (Military Air Transport System) in a turboprop plane ant the trip from, I think it was New Jersey, was about 10 hours if I remember. Rota was a small Spanish town, not known for anything and not near anything but I really loved it for the short time I was there. Then I proceeded on to Toulon, France where I met my ship, which was attached to the Sixth Fleet. I visited a lot of ports in the Med, snd then my ship reverted to the 2nd Fleet, to which it was permanently attached. The Second Fleet is the North Atlantic. Did get to see the Caribbean a little, but mostly Norfolk and chasing Russian subs in the North Atlantic.
Anyway, stamp collecting eventually became merged in my mind with good times and adventure. A company I worked for in the Boston area, needed to send some administrative/techncal people to their Affiliate in Paris, (CII-CHB - Honeywell Bull) and I was the first to volunteer. I lived in Paris for three years, and it was like a dream. When I was scheduled to go back to the States, the French Company offered me a permanent job. I almost took it. But in the end I decided to come back. While in Paris I would often go to the Marche de Puce (Flee Market) and find stamps that I liked.
Stamp collecting is connected in my mind to a lot of good things in my life. I guess that is the gist of it.