I brought a second-hand Canon DSLR in 2015 and I taught myself how to take photographs the hard way.
Photography has taught me patience which is something I never really had before picking up a camera. My worst experience so far was soaking a Canon L series lens with so much sea water it turned it into a kaleidoscope full of sand.
The experience hurt my bank balance and my ego, but the desire for the perfect shot still remained. Sometimes taking risks are worth the photographic rewards.