To me, this is what I've found Linux to be. It's a choice. You can ask 20 people this question and get 20 complete different answers. I'm not a 'terminal' user, heck here I am giving you my opinion and you're probably more skilled than I am. But you asked a question on this board that I could give my 2 cents.
Enjoy Linux and enjoy this site. They're both pretty dang cool!