Its not going to kill you getting a DSLR. Better then SLRs since its saved by memory, not film. Thats costly.
I have a Canon AE-1 camera with 200mm lens. Its from 1979. My parents got it sometime in 80-81, and I took its since I was in my pre-adolenscent years. If you want to try something old and used to get use to, that would be great. Photography talent and skill is not so much equipment, but have an "eye". Meaning, know what you want on that still frame. Either way, your not going to get "better" pictures from P&S. Learn photography with with SLRs/DSLRs when you know how to take pleasing pictures.