I remembered clearly, back then I have only seen cosplay from pictures on the BBS(not even internet yet) and not seeing a single one in person. One obvious voice in me wanted to try, "What a good idea! This will be so cool.". Another voice told me "Don't do it!"
I struggled with the idea for some years until I finally realized I was constantly looking at those costumes. I just felt empty without one. "Don't do it!" "But this looks cool, even better than before!" "Spending $ again, no way!", "But I like it. I want to be that character.", "Your parents will obviously object.", "But if I don't try it, maybe I won't have chance to try it again.", "Do it privately then...at least."