I like to think I am pretty knowledgable with a quite expansive vocabulary, but I only have to pick up a dictionary and flick through a couple of pages to discover a myriad of words unbeknownst to me. I confess that neophyte fell in that category but can now happily add it to my word bank. (However I don’t think it is a word that I will be using anytime soon!)
I believe becoming a parent for the first time is the perfect example of what a neophyte is. Every step of parenting is new territory and I don’t think it ever stops from the time you first hold your newborn to the time you die. Every stage of the parent/child journey undertaken together is different, each presenting new challenges and uncharted waters. Even if you have a second child or more, things can be very different; what worked for one may not work for the next. We are all unique individuals and having had twins, I know firsthand that each one of has had different needs and personalities and can react very differently when in the same situation. This is what makes the human race and our world so special; imagine how boring life would be if we were all the same.
“I think there’s something about being a neophyte that’s refreshing and hard to duplicate; it brings about real innovation. Innovation usually comes about through blind ignorance.”