I think Steve gave very good advice. You mentioned "...if I find the right place." That is key to your enjoyment of the activity that you will participate in. Training is much simpler if you like where you are going. At this point, I wouldn't worry so much about how practical or "reality based" the style is. Instead, the ambience of the location, instructor and students will be of higher importance.
Above all, persist and ENJOY. Being a beginner at a particular martial art can be a humbling experience because you might find the techniques look easy but for some reason your balance is off or the movements just don't "feel right."
Just as in a classroom, you will benefit the most from an open mind and a willingness to ask questions. Good luck! I'm interested in how your search goes!