1)Go Sailing! Do as the others have mentioned, there are many of us that would love to indulge.
2)Don't be "too picky" about a boat if you're looking to purchase one. Find a safe, inexpensive boat. It won't be your "only" boat if you love the sport.
a) You don't need racing sails, hi-performance lines & sheets and every electronic gizmo known to man.
b) You can read every review known to man about ratings, construction, LWL, beam, freeboard, full/fin keel, deck-stepped or keel stepped, righting ratio's, blah, blah, blah... and it won't mean a thing to you for a while. I'm reminded of LBJ's quote: You can lock two economists in a room and end up with three opinions. The only opinion that really matters is yours.
3) Don't sweat the details... trimming a sail, pointing, squeezing that last half knot of is an "art" that only experience can give. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Unless you're in an ocean with a gale coming, You'll make it home. Tie your happy butt to the side of the boat, pull away from the dock and go where the wind takes you. You'll get there. Eventually. Isn't that really the point?
Smile like an idiot eating cockleburrs while sailing. (that one is a given)
We are not primarily on earth to see through one another, but to see one another through
Some people are like slinkies: not really good for anything... but you can't help laughing when you push them down the stairs