I hope you never lose the want to go star gazing! I have only been at it for about 30 years, in earnest, before that I looked through a pair of binoculars or my dad's old navy scope.
I have subscribed to Astronomy Magazine for about 12 years, occasionally buy Sky and Telescope Mag, and also get the Skynews Magazine free for joining and being a member of the local RASC club.
I worked my way up to a 9.25 CPC Celestron scope and am very happy with it. I enjoy going out to our local club on NOVA and OG nights and look through the other members scopes, as there is a large variety to pick from.