If you had to do it all over again, would you do anything different when you first started gaming?
I honestly wouldn't change anything. Although starting to play at a younger age would have been interesting, I know that no one around me had any interest or even now they don't have any interest in learning how to play. So even if I did learn about the game when I was younger, I wouldn't have had anyone to play it with.
As far as when I did learn, I don't think I would change anything. My in-laws are interesting people for sure, but they are pretty fun to play games with at least. And they are all pretty easy going so learning how to play with them was both fun and easy.