"Not every educated person needs to be a mathematician, but no educated person should be afraid of the steps it takes to get there." -- Chase Felker on Slate.com
What is it about math that compells many of us to drop it as soon as we can? Sure, there are exceptions - some people found STEM early on in their education, and held on tight. But for many non-STEM-oriented students, many of us decided early on that math just wasn't for us - I'm not good at math. (Sound familiar?)
If so, take a look at this Slate.com article, which speaks to the underlying conceptual and logical precepts which make math education a compelling path worth taking. Even if your algebra days are done, you might want to read to understand just how much math teaches about everything.