IDIOT'S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING
I’m a Dummy, and I’m totally OK with that. I think it’s important to know what you don’t know.
I like it when I don’t know what to think. I get off on learning enough about something to have an educated opinion and a stimulating conversation. When what I learn confirms my preconceived bias, I feel overly satisfied. I like it even more when my learning makes me rethink my opinions. It makes me feel like I’m evolving.
Which is why I own (and have actually read) Meditation for Dummies, Islam for Dummies, Pregnancy for Dummies, Buddhism for Dummies, Puppies for Dummies, Social Media Engagement for Dummies, Marketing for Dummies, Comparative Religion for Dummies, The Koran for Dummies, Raising Happy Children for Dummies, Economics for Dummies, Middle East for Dummies and Knitting for Dummies.
Coincidentally, I’m also a Complete Idiot. Therefore I have The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the following subjects: The Acid Reflux Diet, Philosophy, Bringing Up Baby, eBay, Running, Parenting a Teenager, World War I, Raising Chickens, Chess, Drawing and Statistics. I own at least 7 more that are on loan to friends who also happily admit to being Idiots and Dummies.
Some people find ‘admitting’ that they don’t know something to be as embarrassing as asking “How much?” (a question I have never had any difficulty with). I’ve found that saying I’m clueless about the topic everyone else at the table is discussing is a great way to engage and endear people to me. I’ve gotten to know a lot of people, made a lot of friends and learned a ton by doing just this. Owning your ignorance on various subjects is humanizing and liberating. It says you are confident in yourself and willing to meet new people with differing opinions and beliefs. What I’ve learned most of all? Listen, discuss and engage with an open mind and an open heart.
Article by Anna Quick-Palmer