gbhunter77 wrote: "Do it for you and stop caring about others and you will be very happy...the skill will grow and improve. Others will come around and if they don't then who cares..Its about you. If you cant grasp this then I suggest you give up bonsai you will be endlessly disapointed, plus you may discourage others that don't have to people please"...That kind of hurt
While it may have hurt at the time, I really do believe this is good advice that you should think about. He didn't mean that you should give up bonsai, he meant that you won't find much joy in it unless you do it for yourself and not for others. This is true of any endeavor in life. Try not to see it as criticism, but rather a concern for your happiness.
Work with your trees and do what you can to make them beautiful to you. At first you will have trouble, and your vision may not match reality. With time you will learn how to make reality closer to your vision. Hang out here, keep going to demonstrations, learn as much as you can. If you have questions ask here, and we'll do what we can to help out, but don't take anything said on here as gospel. In the end all that matters is what the tree looks like to you, and whether or not you enjoyed yourself in the process.