I had a ten year absence from Pokemon from 2002 to last summer.
I grew up in a small neighbourhood where everyone was into Pokemon at the time. But then in 2002 we moved to a new town and Pokemon just dropped out from my life, I guess it had a lot to do with me getting older and wanting to make new friends in a new enviroment where Pokemon wasn't exactly popular.
Then last summer I accidentally stumbled upon my old GBC and Pokemon Crystal. I decided to see what the game was like for nostalgia sake and it got me hooked into Pokemon all over again.