I paint, I read, I write, I meditate. Today my thoughts had me going in circles and here's why...
In all actuality, anyone can call themselves anything, right? I mean, after all, we live in a generation where self-proclaimed titles are given with no merit, no certifications, no degree. It's an entitlement—of sorts—deemed on ourselves, by ourselves. Hence:
We upload a few vids and we're instant experts. We cook a few meals and we are now professional chefs. We speak at a small event and suddenly 'public speaker' is who we are. Or we curate a great blog and soon thereafter—writer and photographer become our titles.
Do we have that right? That self-proclaimed right? And what really constitutes an expert? Is it that golden piece of paper hanging on the wall? You know the one sitting inside an expensive, gorgeous matted frame indicating you graduated—Masters, at that! Or would you say "experience" equates knowledge and expertise?
WELL, HERE'S WHAT I THINK!
Education is high-rank in my books and I stand behind anyone willing to go that extra mile. It is not easy and quite honestly, it takes guts to commit to an additional 4 years plus of school. "Knowledge is power..." they say.
However, in my 40+ years of life I have learned a lot of things. One of them, if not the most important, is "experience"... not Algebra, not History, not Chemistry but experience!