Berlin (2011) - OM2 / Zuiko 35mm f2.8 / Fuji Superia 400
Absolutely not the gears. Important, but not THAT important..
I thought it was skills. But that are limited, one knows the basics after shooting for a year or two. What you want to do with a set of skills matters more.
Uniqueness. I thought it matters if you have something unique and everyone can recognized. I read about it, and the general advise from others is to be true to our vision. Not copying. Some have found theirs quite naturally, some are still searching, and some are lost. And vision needs renewal too, or you stuck.
So I think about Curiosity. Curious for what could be captured, for how the prints look like. Curious about life, for what you want to say about it. Curious about self to express it in pictures. Some buy new camera every year to satisfy that curiosity. Some follows a 5-year project to see how life of the city has changed. If not for it, even with the camera in your bag, you don't bother to take it out...
That what I think matters most, for now.