I wanted one of those pretty fish that you could keep in a glass to have next to my desk. BUT, luckily I was already an animal owner and did some independent research (I wish I'd known to do that before I got my long-suffering goldfish) and quickly realised that there was a lot of conflicting information on these fish. I ended up erring on the side of caution and setting up a 3 gallon tank all prettily. I saw a turquoise and red VT at the LFS and bought him, but he was already sick and I didn't have the knowledge to help him. He died overnight.
I then decided to look for a different tank on the classifieds, and I found someone selling a 5 gallon with all the works, plus a pink and purple female betta. I got her and she became my Aphrodite. I was about 18 at this point, I think. From there I got better at fish-keeping and more knowledgeable. After Aphrodite died, aged about 4, I went to buy a pretty white DT I'd seen, but fell in love with a feisty blue female and brought her home instead.
From there I rescued two guppies and upgraded to a 16 gallon, but had to re-start the 5 gallon when I rescued a male. After Athena (my blue girl) died, I started my sorority with Artemis, Hera, Psyche, Thetis, Medea, Cassandra and Persephone, later adding Circe and Demeter.
Apollo, after battling all his life with the problems from his pre-rescue life, finally died, and I got the beautiful Odysseus, my first halfmoon.
Over time my sorority has died off, and I lost my final member, Artemis, last Friday. I now have just Odysseus, battling with nasty finrot after something compromised his immune system.
Last night, I ordered six girls from a very reputable lady in QLD, who should be with me by Friday!
And that is my betta journey. :p I also have a bunch of other fish.