Mint condition, black label, for $20. I Couldn't resist, the person selling this is also the person I bought Resident Evil and Crash from, all the games he had were excellent prices and ALL mint, it was hard for me to leave without blowing $100.
I also have a mint condition black label FFVII copy I got for $20, though it was originally $50 before applying the $30 discount I got from my job.
Patience, as Throavium said. Approach every new area or enemy with caution, and always have your shield raised. You'll die, there's no doubt about that, but it's a learning experience. Adapting to new situations, figuring out the best equipment and strategies to use for bosses, etc. It's a very rewarding game to play. Hard, but a hell of a lot of fun.
Also, be glad that World Tendencies and health penalties were removed in the sequel.
Humans have higher poison and curse resistance, can summon NPCs and players in addition to being summoned themselves, can invade or be invaded, and can kindle bonfires (which you will want to do). It may also increase your rare item drop rate, but I can't confirm this. The amount of Humanity you have, regardless to whether you're human or hollow, is proven to be related to your drop rate, though.