I'm just curious to see different takes on this. Like most hobbies, I'm sure, for the majority, it brought joy and escape from daily responsibilities. But has it been all good? Or has there been drawbacks as well? Let's hear stories about your specific experience. As far as I'm concerned, it's been mostly positive. As mentioned at the beginning of this post, it has brought me a nice escape from daily responsibilities. Distracting me from whatever problems I may be going through that day. Somehow, I feel it has even helped me deal with experiences in my life that I couldn't really control. Regardless of how powerless I may have felt towards certain things, I could always find a sense of control again through collecting, weather it be artificial or otherwise. It's weird though, at times, during the beginning, I kinda felt like I was unsuccessfully trying to fill a hole in my life through collecting. Later on however, as I got close to owning most of the stuff I wanted, I truly felt like some hole had indeed been filled somehow. It might be a shallow thing, but I felt a genuine sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. That being said, it hasn't been all positive. I have spent a crapload of money on this hobby. Money that could have been used for other aspects of my life. I have come to terms with this over the years though, by telling myself that it is not lost. I know that I can make a good portion of my money back, if not all of it, by selling. This can't be said for all pass-times. Alcohol and drugs come to mind. Last but not least, collecting has helped me forge some true friendships, that might last a life-time... You guys know who you are. Sorry if I kept this mostly serious. It's just in the mood I was in I guess. Now it's your turn, feel free to lighten things up if you wish.