What philosophers did you like as a kid? Which one's influenced you when you were young?
I remember being around seven years old and going into the library, scanning the rows of books, and finding random authors to read. Once, I found a cool book of different philosophers, but there was one in particular, who I had identified with immediately. So, being a mischievous kid with nobody around, I ripped the page out of the book, with the quotation, and kept it for years. I later found out that the philosopher was an ancient Roman stoic philosopher, named Epictetus.
Other philosophies I liked had to do with Bushido and Samurai warriors. I loved the Hagakure, The Art of War, The Book of Five Rings, and Bruce Lee's JKD books. Maybe these books and philosophers appealed to me, because I identified with their thoughts and characters, or maybe I became influenced to be who I am through these early reading materials. I'm not sure.