CJ, I am a photographer as well. The difference is I have never done it for money. - I do it for myself. - I do it for the joy. - I do it to learn. - Photography is MY art. No one can take that from me. - Sounds like you are burnt out and need to get your creative juices flowing again. Could this have something to do with working the shift you do? - Take a break from it. Even if it is 6 months. Don't sell your stuff. Put it away so when the creativity returns it is there waiting for you. - I love B/W film and developing it. I have an enlarger but have yet to use it. When we get the time to make our darkroom, I may never come out!!!! - See about taking some art classes to give you perspective. Don't worry about the camera for now.
I guess it depends on what it was. I go through phases of interests, I generally have several hobbies on stand by for when I burn out on the current one... don't say it is photography CJ! JK I even go through periods of interest on that as well, There was a time I didn't touch a camera for several years.
What you enjoy this year may grow old on you in time. Everyone gets burned out on things. Just move on and maybe you will find interest in this again. Sell that stuff on ebay. Big life changing events may change the things you like. Depression may cause you to not like things you did. I'd address any life issues that may cause the change of interest. Like if a child/parent died, money problems, being implicated in a legal matter and being innocent, etc. You can slowly find the motivation again in time if you had something happen to you to change the way you look at your hobby. It took me 5-years to get over what happened to me and I am just now starting to get involved back in my passions which are cars, numbers, and enjoying life again.
Maybe take a break for awhile. If it is Photography don't sell your equipment. It'll cost more later to replace it than what you can get for it used now. I have stuff that was pretty good film stuff, Nikon N90s, speedlight , lenses etc. I haven't used it in awhile but I couldn't get much for it now and I keep thinking I'm going to use it. I got a little discouraged when I invested money in film stuff and everything went digital. Anyway you didn't say it was Photography I just had a feeling maybe it was. If so take a break but don't give up.
Hi Sistergirl! ~|~. I started jewelry making--spent lots of money, did it for a while, got bored, stopped doing it. Stuff is in a cupboard, but now I'm thinking of taking a class on jewelry making. I love counted cross-stitch and use it for Christmas presents because people love getting it--it's completely individual and they know I don't do it for just anyone. But when I get tired of it, I put it down and leave it until I feel like picking it up again. Sometimes I'll force myself to work on it for a little while for a couple of days, sometimes this jumpstarts my interest and off I go again. Sometimes it doesn't and I leave it for months and months. Keep the equipment, I'll bet you come around to it again. Maybe put some thought into a project you'd love to do that is completely new to you. Use your old camera and let the other one alone. Just explore what you'd like to do with photography if you feel like it. It's supposed to be fun! As an old lady, my motto is: If it isn't fun, don't do it!
Go back to basics, take pics because you love the shot, forget about the competitiveness for a while. Also, (pushing something I love) call your state special Olympics office and volunteer to shoot one/some of their events. If you can't find joy in some of those people/shots...I'm at a loss.