Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Case Against Expertise #bloglikecrazy

Today's #bloglikecrazy prompt from Javacia Bowser is this: “Everyone is an expert in something. Write a post about your area of expertise – why you consider yourself and expert and how you came to be one.”

I'm good at a lot of things: cooking, sewing, crafting, time management, listening, loving others, meeting deadlines, problem solving....

When I asked my husband what I'm an expert at, he said “saying yes to our children.” It's true: YES is my parenting philosophy. I try to say "yes" as much as possible. Now that I've been a parent for over 20 years, I guess maybe I'm good at it. But an expert? Hmmmmm....

And then there's writing. I've written millions of words. I've been fortunate enough to have books published. But. I AM NOT AN EXPERT.

Even with poetry, the genre I have the most experience with, I still feel like a beginner. I have so much more to learn!

I consider myself a student of the world. I am learning every day. I don't know that I'll ever be comfortable using the word “expert” to describe myself.

So maybe... I'm an expert at NOT being an expert. Ha!


  1. Love it! Yes to being a student of the world!

  2. Ditto! Did you know learning can help against depression? It is so important to follow your dreams then there's always something to learn.


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