Welcome, from a fellow beginner!
Every time I attend class at the dojo, my eyes get opened a little bit more, which results in me thinking of Aikido a little more differently after class than I did before class. One of the teachers last week said that Aikido is about learning how to use one's body - adding yet another way for me to look at it. Before I started training in this art, I knew of it as an art oriented towards self-defense and neutralization, rather than going on the offense and striving to inflict damage on an opponent. I am slowly learning it is more nuanced than that - for example as uke, I of course have to go be on offense and deliver a decent attack to help my partner traing, but I also have to follow my nage's lead in a way that benefits me (eg. counters, minimizing risk of injury) as well as the nage.
Socially speaking, I am meeting a variety of new people by training at this dojo so that's good. I appreciate the importance of having a good community to train with - it has to be the right mix of serious attitude -about improving one's skill and helping others improve their skills - and lighter attitude (kindness towards one another and humor, so the atmosphere isn't constantly tense).