I fly a 1974 Bellanca Super Viking. I always dreamed of flying and figured my eyesight prevented such an activity. One day I came upon a youtube video of a pilot flying his plane into my home town. It was a stop for lunch. I was fascinated and, after a number of false starts, earned my airman ticket.
Incidentally, I obtained the same model aircraft as the gentleman who inspired me due to the entry cost being near the price of a midrange car. It is a high performance, complex aircraft seating four and with room for baggage and skis.