I was once given the tag NNEP by a man I knew years ago. No New Experiences Please. He knew me pretty well~~ I am a member of the Black and White club after all. This whole computer adventure has just been bursting with new experiences. Things that use to make me run the other way, I am now embracing. So many new experiences that have propelled me so far out of my comfort zone. And I don’t think that is going to change any time soon. However, I am finding the further in I get, the less apprehensive I have become.
Even joining the forum was a new experience; a learning curve. Thread, what the heck does that mean? I can’t even count the number of times I have been presented with a new term or a familiar word with a different connotation. There must be some hidden club out there that develops the language. Post, Public messages, Private messages, Avatar, icons (probably my favorite because I get to play with pictures) , “please enter the URL of your link”. I now know what a URL is.
I have learned that the Web provides an unending path to a wealth of computer knowledge right at one’s fingertips. What isn’t readily available on the forum, can be researched again and again just by making use of a search engine. The amount of resources that are free just for the searching or asking are just staggering to me; free anti-virus, free screen savers, free defrag programs, free options in browsers. BeYourOwnIT has free videos and continues to add more. I have even learned there are free options to Operating Systems other than Windows. Who would have thought. What do you want to learn? If you are persistent and patient and willing to move beyond your comfort zone, you will find your answers and the forums are great because there are people who give of their time, experience and knowledge freely to answer your questions. There are even people who are completely self-taught just by taking hold of the resources I have mentioned.
Are you an NNEP who has been apprehensive about crossing that imaginary boundary that keeps holding you back from a new experience? If I can do this. You can do this. And soon you will find yourself disassembling and assembling your computer for the very first time. And maybe our paths will cross in the forum. You will know more about computers than you ever have. But the best and most rewarding part, you will find yourself having the knowledge to help others. And for sure, there will be no turning back and no end to the possibilities. It is amazing what happens when you can step out in Faith.