When I met the piano in my early years, I did not get lessons, but played anyway. I still love to improvise as a source of discoveries and a mirror of thoughts and feelings.
Later I sometimes tried to get my siblings to play together and made the first attempts at arranging and composing. When teaching and leading choirs I often met a similar situation in the professional context.
At the age of twelve I started playing Bach and I found it a miracle how it could be done to write music like that. I wanted to know the secret and asked my teacher more than I could understand and he could teach. This curiosity is still alive and is one of my basic keys to all music.
Writing music is a fascinating challenge. As with a good text, it's about choosing from different expression possibilities in order to match an intention as closely as possible and to find a way how everything makes sense in the overall picture. It can sometimes be a lot of effort, perhaps like a hiker in the mountains, but it is a grateful moment to rest and enjoy the view after work.