I was finally able to put into words today something that's been floating in my head for a while. I don't know if this is because of my age or some other factors, but I've realized that I am acutely aware that I am incredibly ignorant. Here's what's gotten me to this realization.
For years I have been very sure that I understand the big picture and the ins and outs of things I'm interested in. For example, when it comes to Web development, the infrastructure or the Internet and even what's possible in programming the computer, I understand it. There is very, very, very little stuff that is "new" which is really new. The nuts and bolts make immediate sense and the only thing I wonder why someone hasn't done it before or why it is gaining traction this time when it didn't work before.
I also really understand problems. I'll generally listen to a problem and understand what's going on, to some extent. Wither they are technical problems, personal struggles, friendships, relationships or even personal conversation.
These are the thoughts that have gone through my head as I've grown up.
Now I'm recognizing that really, I don't know as much as I thought I did about any of that stuff. I don't know what problems a person is going through, I don't know everything about technology, I don't know how to relate to all people, and I certainly can't offer support and advice to help all of their problems.
What it comes down to is simply that I've figured out, I'm pretty ignorant about all that stuff. I no longer know everything about the stuff I'm interested in.
To be honest, it's kind of refreshing.
Here's to messing up, learning and change.