Originally Posted by sashacat421
Tia just nailed that one.
Sometimes, "time" has nothing to do with talent at all. It's there whether for 10 seconds or a lifetime.
I had a similar experience with my writing. I joined a website for beginning writers, run by a professional, published, "famous" writer. It contained exercises and "newbie" areas.
I submitted some stuff, poetry and essay/observation commentary, and was moved from the newbie area to the "working writers" section. When I protested that I should not be there (critiques, "reviews" by peers, and agents lurking...password protected all the way...) as I was new and had not even taken a writing class ever (no college degree here...), I was told "too bad for you, it's where you belong." I got so intimidated that I stopped posting. I've only recently begun again, and was welcomed back with open arms (thank goodness!).
It was not ever meant to intimidate me; rather, to provide me the level of exposure and critique I needed to progress from here.
I know the same thing happened to you. You've been "promoted" I guess you'd say, and it isn't about education. It's about talent, and nuturing that talent.
Think of it this way. You're the parent of a kindergarten age child. This child knew how to read, write, do simple math, and played the piano...would you send him to kindergarten, or would you, as a parent, look for a better avenue to keep him growing, challenged, and encouraged?
See what I mean, jellybean?