When you write lots of posts on forums like these, you get good at... writing. Makes it worth reading sometimes.

When you take lots of photos, you get good at... you guessed where I was going with this... photography. Makes it worth seeing.

I like ParkerSmithPhoto's advice. Pick one camera and a couple lenses and a couple films. Start with MF, you might never go back.

You can get great yield from a few rolls of film if you put your mind to it. How many of us have put together a couple 80-slide trays' worth of entertainment from half a dozen rolls of film. And our friends really, thoroughly enjoyed it.

Take a lot of pictures of your friends. You know them more than anyone else. Reveal what you know about them. Get close, literally and figuratively-speaking.