21st Century Jill of All Trades
You may not have realized this about me, but I am an expert. At everything.
Well, not EVERYTHING everything, but sometimes it seems like I'm getting pretty damn close. I'm only a few clicks away from the capitalized everything.
I have Google to thank. And Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and my friends and family who know how much easier and more economical it is to "ask Mom" than to hired a trained professional. Although if you were looking to hire a trained professional? I could probably help you with that. I'm an expert at hiring professionals too.
Once upon a time I went to college. Although I had trouble choosing a major (I settled on three, not one) I did eventually narrow down my expertise to three areas. Ah. Those were the days! When I only had to "know" about three things. Prior to Google I got a lot more rest.
The thing (you can call it a problem or you can call it a perk) about all this information and all this connectivity is that we are never done researching. There's no creepy basement full of microfiche that would take the next century to wade through, that makes us call it a day. We can always search with different terms and sit on the couch click click clicking our way through to enlightenment. When we run out of articles we can go to the many people on our social networks. No question is too complex, be it automotive, medical, educational or dietary.
And so I lay awake. Clicking. Cramming. Into the wee small hours of the night... I click and scan and bone up on everything from real estate to crock pot cookery. What choice do I have? To slack would be preposterous, unthinkable. Irresponsible.
Every moment, every decision seems to hinge on a search. Without the net and my net-expertise, we'd waste so much time and money when I had to find appropriate services for my gifted or learning disabled child. When Thanksgiving and Passover rolled around, we'd be dealing with preventable allergic reactions because no one would have the gluten and peanut free recipes at the ready. When the car broke down, I'd have to question my choice of mechanics and spend agonizing hours waiting for them to diagnose the problem that I can now already identify log and find the best source of replacement parts for - potentially saving thousands.Continued on the next page