Started photography as a hobby around late 2007 (a learning Newbie).
This hobby is really interesting :) where the results of your hard work can be compiled as recorded memories.
You'll also tend to appreciate more everyday's precious moments, unseen beauties and wonders of everything you shot.
For me photography is about shooting pictures with your heart in it, gears are the utility derived from getting the pictures we want,
but it may not be the hindrance on getting the pictures we can love and proud of.