I started AFF with my brother two weeks after my first tandem in April of 2018. Almost one year later I own all my own gear, have 132 jumps and counting, and have plans to become a coach/AFF instructor in the near future. I was addicted after the first jump and haven't looked back. I picked up a second job working nights as a server at a restaurant so that all my tips can go toward funding my goals of being a great skydiver. For the first 3 or 4 months i dedicated a lot of time going to the DZ, sometimes 4 days a week in between jobs, learning everything I could and making friends with some experienced jumpers. This, for me, has been the journey of a lifetime. I enjoy the challenge of learning new skills both in free fall and under canopy. I enjoy everything skydiving related. I do think about it all the time. My girlfriend is not a skydiver, did one tandem and has no desire to do it again. She supports my goals, and understands this is not an overnight accomplishment and it requires a dedication of time and expenses. I try to only jump one or two days a week when she is working, making sure to give her the time she deserves to do other stuff. My best advice is to be fully prepared to invest alot of time and money learning this sport. You don't necessarily have to spend every weekend at the DZ jumping, but I would suggest going the distance while going for your license. Try not to take too much time off. It help you to accomplish the necessary goals required to be a decent skydiver, not just someone who falls out of a plane. You will also experience some disappointments along the way, especially if you have to repeat a level or don't accomplish a goal you have set for yourself immediately. That's ok! Life is full of ups and downs, don't beat yourself up too much. You'll get it on the next try, or maybe the one after that!
Once I got my license, all my own gear and became an independent skydiver , I focused on balancing the rest of my life. I am much more careful with my money; eating out less, cutting out unnecessary spending and I still have my second job to help pay for my skydiving I love what I do and I couldn't be more happy. The people are great, the thrill is amazing, and the feeling of accomplishment and pride is never ending. Each time I nail something I have been working on, it fuels my desire to continue learning and accomplish more.
In summary, my two cents is GO FOR IT! I haven't regretted my decision for a second. I hope that I can be one of the few who dedicates the time and effort to enjoy this for years to come! For me, life is too short to not be adventurous, a little crazy, and shoot for the stars. I wish you the best in making your decision!