I'm not academic.
I rarely even think about it, I'm a naturally clever person with an above average amount of "smarts". No one ever really questions my abilities so it never comes up and if it does its because they are usually surprised that I don't have a great education. If you really want to know how bad it is, I have 2 gcses above a C (and one of those is an arts subject). I've never really felt the need to get the bits of paper that back up my usual claims of genius :)
Tonight I did though, BMan and Gurn were talking about computer stuff, which is a subject that I'm usually very comfortable with, but on this occasion they were talking about the stuff kids learn in computing at school - a subject they both studied and my school barely even offered - (we learned about tractors and crop rotation instead) I'm completely self taught when it comes to anything technical and being as I am considered the IT expert in my workplace thats probably somewhat of an achievement but there was a lot of stuff that I had to admit not having the foggiest about which made me feel like a total novice.
It wasn't a nice feeling, and certainly not one I'm used to (although probably penance for knowing what a quince was earlier in the evening). Its something that I'm going to have to get used to, especially as I'm not going to go back to school anytime soon. I guess I'll just have to get my reading head on a study up on another random subject to make myself feel better ;)