When I was at school I decided I didn't like and wasn't going to waste precious daydreaming time on mathematics, to the extent that today I have a complete mental block that kicks in when I see a Sudoku puzzle, and a hyperbolic plane is probably part of the Qantas fleet.
Then I came across the Institute for Figuring and their amazing coral reef project.
If you haven't yet heard of the project or seen any of the reefs popping up across the internet, go to the link and read up on it, and have a look at some of the crochet work which has now gone on display in the US, drawing attention to the effect of global warming and pollutants on the Great Barrier Reef.
Now I'm still no where near becoming a mathematician but I can crochet, so if I forget the figuring and just do what comes naturally I'll have my own reef in no time!!