Its important not to loose site of the fact that photography should be fun. We hear all too often that the marketplace for photography is being taken over by the amateur, driving down prices, dilluting the overall quality, etc. etc. As with many forms of technology, easy access has opened up the once quiet photography arena to anyone with access to a wide range of imaging devices.
Every professional was once an amateur and every ameteur aspires to greatness. Go have fun!