Printing your own pictures can be extremely challenging and frustrating, at least in my experience. I cannot even imagine how much paper I wasted, not mentioning how many hours.
The dark room is an extremely fascinating place yet sometimes horrible if you’re not prepared to it. I didn’t receive any education on analogue printing so much of my experiments didn’t succeed. Yet I could achieve some good results although I’m not sure having produced more then 2 or 3 pictures that fully satisfy me.