I see and hear a lot of talk from my fellow youth on going back to the salaf, emulating the noble predecessors, only following teachings of the salaf, going back to the source text, only following the Quran and hadith and becoming independent self taught individuals.
Please, stop and think.
Until you have mastered the Arabic (Quranic) language with all of its grammar and rules, have studied the various fiqh methodologies and rulings (which have taken scholars 15/20/30/40+ years/lifetimes), able to understand the Quran within the context of when it was revealed and for whom and under what situation, know in depth the seerah of the Messenger SAW, please take a teacher. Please seek a knowledgeable scholar who has dedicated his/her life to the study of Deen and lives and breathes the religion. Attend a reputable Islamic institution and learn under guidance.
This culture of Internet scholars, google muftis & DIY sheikhs is very dangerous. The passion, zeal & arrogance of youth can easily lead to one dodgy website or one dodgy ‘online’ mufti resulting in a snowball of bad choices and possible misguidance.
Be wary of where you take your religious guidance for it is the make or break of you.