Hey there, late to the party. One of my favorite musicians, Steven Wilson, said that he doesn't really view himself as a guitar player, that he views himself more as a songwriter. The instrument lends itself to each player and molds to that player's interests, emotional influences, and physical properties, and he works his guitar playing to his songwriting. One of the favorite phrases used on the YouTube Channel is that tone is in the fingers, but that is only half the statement. You can buy signatures or replicas of complete sets of certain player's gear and never sound or even play like them, not because you cannot be good enough, but because you don't share that player's body, experiences, or influences. That's the truly wonderful thing about this instrument: there are better and worse ways to play it, but unlike almost every other instrument out there, there is no specifically prescribed way to play it. You play it how you want to play it. Your knowledge can be the same, but the way you use that knowledge will be different than literally everyone else that plays.
Seeing new players gives me so much joy man. I'm living vicariously through your new experiences. Don't lose patience, keep the faith, and have a fucking blast with this. Get you some, I'm rooting for you.