I do agree with everything you wrote down, and I do agree aslo with the orhers but I'm pretty shure you didn't know all what you know about orchids now, when you started with.
Just woman's curiosity, why orchids, for example, why not drosera or cactus? Or something else.
Orchids are fascinating yes, they are beautiful and bizarre, flowers have fantastic shapes, they are also leafless.....and yes Jordan, they can outsmart the insects ...
I think it was just a coincidence for me that I'm here now. A friend of mine had a birthday and I bought her an orchid. Then it happened that this orchid is waiting for a suitable moment, because we were both quite busy and after a month I found out that the orchid is even more beautiful as it was and was even with more opened flowers. So I decited to keep this one for me (this was the first one ever) and buy some other flower for my friend. It was Phalaenopsis hybrid. Soon after there were on my window sills for quite a few new Phalaenopsis, they were all flowering, all with different kind of color, and even if they were all Phalenopsis, however, had a different shape of flower too.
Then I realized that there are also Paphs, wow, i was impressed. Soon after that i realized there are also a beautiful Dendros. And so on and so on.
Reading an articles and posts got me to other fields - that all I've seen until now were hybrids, so I read further on....I'm still reading a lot, and I know I know just a teeny bit about orchids. I'm learning constantly something new, again and again. I'm learning here a lot about orchids, there are a lot of orchids I have never heard about.
Well, I just wanted to say I started with orchids without having any idea about what they are.
...and then I started to collect them: are we collectors?