i sometimes wish…

i was an expert in something. usually doesn’t matter what, just something.

plenty of people i know are experts of one sort or another, and it makes me jealous occasionally. i’m pretty much constitutionally unsuited to be an expert; as my mother often points out, my most common question as a child was, “Why?” i always wanted to know how things worked and why they happened – which might, at first, seem like a step to expert-ness. but, critically, i have always lacked the intense focus that characterizes an expert, instead wanting to know “why” about everything, not a single subject.

because of this, i think, i became comfortable with a more shallow understanding, a “big picture” grasp of things. i know a little about a lot, but there are very few things i know in great depth.

what is somewhat amusing is that i can often counterfeit expertise in any given subject, because my wide breadth of interest has taught me where to look things up.

but sometimes i’d really like to be able to recommend a wine without having to look things up. or tune an engine without looking at a manual. or any number of other things.

but that’s not me.

quote of the day:

“The man who has a library of his own collection is able to contemplate himself objectively, and is justified in believing in his own existence.” – Augustine Birrell


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