I now spend a lot of time perusing different forums and thereby learn quite a lot. It is also very gratifying when you are able to give some input and it works for the person with the problem.
Over twenty years ago I had to carry out some very complicated mathematical calculations in my job. I attempted to do this as a paper exercise and I realised that by the time I reached any conclusion, that the earliest input data would be out of date and therefore calculations would be totally useless upon completion. A colleague who had an extremely limited knowledge of Lotus 123 introduced me to computers. - I had to figure out what to do and how to do it completely alone and having no knowledge of spreadsheets or computers whatsoever. It took me six weeks of struggling to compose a spreadsheet that was fully functional and was subsequently used for some few years afterwards.
How different it is now. You have a problem, post it to the internet and you receive advice within, perhaps, minutes. Wonderful!!!