I have "officially" started OSCP again. This will be my second attempt, as I tried and failed miserably 4 years ago due to my lack of drive, inexperience and lazyness. This failure made me fear and respect the OSCP, so I have avoided it until now. Due to possible future changes in my work/personal life, I have to accelerate and boost my career a bit. The first step was getting a cloud security certification, the second will be tackling the OSCP and the third will be becoming a CISSP.
My preparation for the OSCP was completing the eLearnSecurity PTP course, which refreshed my pentesting skills and showed me that I can do offensive stuff if I want to. As I said earlier, I failed because I was lazy, so I will try to go all in this time. Read all the chapters, complete all the exercises, root as many machines as I can and try harder. I have no lab time currently, I'm writing the scripts for the exercises 'offline', so I will just need to run them once I renewed and anything that I can do without the labs (DNS or the bash scripting) I do it now.
Currently I finished 50% of the book including both stack overflows and plan to renew my lab right after I finished all the videos. Right now, I have no problems with the materials or the exercises, either I got much more experienced or I'm actually investing time into studying instead of blindly pwning the lab machines. Either way, I'm eager to get back into the labs and gain more experience.