It's all a bit overwhelming, especially for a noob, but if a veteran stays away for more than a weekend, they may be left behind by further advances. That's a great problem to have! I came to HF's just before the whoopie landed. Talk about a whirlwind of excitement and innovation, growing day by day.
It sounds like you have accepted the situation and are acclimating marvelously
It takes investing some time, especially in the suspension sub-forum, and I can't think of a better one-stop-resource than the book, "The Ultimate Hang."