Trying something completely new! I've never had a bonsai and was always afraid of trying one because they seemed like a lot of work, etc.
But hey, you only live once, right? So I read up on them a bit, then just happened to wander into a semi-local nursery just after they'd gotten a whole huge shipment of super-healthy pre-bonsai of all types. I couldn't resist.
I picked this one out, a Shimpaku Juniper, as it had the best 'character' in the trunk of all the junipers there. I plan to give it a bigger/stronger bend in the future. I grossly underestimated the size of wire I'd need for this trunk (it's thicker than I thought it was!), so now I have to wait on bigger wire, ha!