I don't think anything ever compares to the first roll. The moment you open the door to a new level of happiness, finding yourself in a new state of being. All new ways of expressing yourself and experiencing the environment around you.
I've been wanting to shoot on film for a long time now and I've finally found the camera I've been searching for. Shooting on it has been everything I'd imagined it would be and more. My first lesson was that I had taken shooting for granted. Being able to fire off shot after shot on a digital camera, though I am picky with my shots, a part of me rests easy knowing I can easily just take multiple and hope one works out. I can't get over how much shooting on film makes me appreciate everything so much more than I had ever done - every moment, every passing person, every sliver of light, shamelessly and restlessly loving them, enjoying them and chasing them down.
And all the anticipation after the roll... oh the anticipation.