I've always been interested in techy things ever since a little girl in the 80s. I was never actively discouraged into looking at computer science as a career, but it was not obvious that I could have pursued it. I was always pushed into looking into the 'caring' roles like nursing etc. I showed them though...I studied geology! Ha...
Building APIs with Koa (and soon Koa2!), learning Angular2 and building a unicorn colouring book because I wanted to play with canvas some more! Totally practical! :D
Everything! I've been a geologist, working in the veterinary world, at Medieval times, cleaned dinosaur bones, sorted shark teeth, you name it! I love learning and hope to keep doing that until my last breath!
Don't get discouraged. I've been really lucky starting into this field a little older than most, so I've had a lifetime to develop a thick skin. I haven't really dealt with much push back, but that's mostly because I have a low tolerance for it. So I think I tend to ignore it and move on to more supportive people!