I remember when I was 13, one of my friends showed me a small selection of 15mm Traveller miniatures and was raving about how cool they were. As time went by, I was introduced to MERP, Bushido, D&D, Judge Dredd and Golden Heroes (we played a lot of this) before finally succumbing to the lure of WH40K.
I've been in 'the hobby' ever since... 29 years or so and do you know what? I look at my horde and I am starting to realise just how much time, effort, money and space it takes up.
My living room looks like a second hand game shop or some sort of model making workshop. My loft is filled with old kits/miniatures/gaming paraphernalia, my computer is filled with photographs and files relating to miniatures and gaming, my bedroom has cases filled with miniatures in it and it has all suddenly become so noticeable.
I think that is why I have become so disinterested in the whole thing. I am fed up with being reminded of the clutter of it all and have finally reached a point where I am seriously thinking of getting rid of everything.
I am not going to rush into things... after 29 years it would be unfair to just round it all up in a bag and dump it but I am seriously considering a life without my hobby.
Obviously, my sculpting would continue (maybe having fewer distractions may help me focus a little better... well... help me focus at all would be a good start) but it is very likely that I will be putting E-Bay to good use pretty soon.
I expect this is going to be a lot like giving up smoking.
See you from a point in time and space!