Even though you maybe don't want to hear the opinion of a sociopath.. all the more reason to tell it!
To get animation going you don't need to run after trendy tools and programming. When it comes to past time, don't run after people either. Their reflex is to run even faster--away. Make yourself independent. Go easy on yourself. Do what counts to the skill you pride yourself in.
Take a web- or handy-cam to do stop-motion animation and put on youtube. Use whatever means, draw stickmen on paper, use legos. Low entry barrier, it's fun to make, you get fun results, you get to hone your story script and director skills. Keeps you motivated.
And whenever you pause from making something, read up on how to make something. Like in Flash.
Time doesn't matter. You matter, you snowball. Shut everyone up and everything out.
Oh and, of course, as independent creative you may find yourself in the zone. The dead zone.
Wut ohne Ziel. Wut ohne Folgen.