I started out like everyone else. 2 years in I thought I knew so much, I actually told a photographer I looked up to once (I apologized for my ignorance later), "How can I learn from this person, when I probably know everything that they do?" I think back on my younger self, and I want to throw her stupid ass through a wall. However, I run into this a lot on the forums, and it gives me empathy for when people say those words to me. I don't take it personally, that's just their level of experience. They'll get through it, and if they don't, they're only holding themselves back.
Evolution is learning to grow with some form of grace and grit, and everyone's story is unique. My evolution was that I shot up in my career very quickly, and much faster than I was prepared to handle early on. It took me a lot of years to grow the skills to catch up. Luckily, I survived my ignorance, but I easily could have not.
I started out taking pictures of flowers, and grew through the digital art realms, and now I find myself interested in photography with minimal retouching again. It feels like just a big circular process, that very gradually grows wider and wider. I revisit all the old themes and try them again, just to see how things have changed.
I recently went through my entire website and re-edited 300+ images. Not all of them made the cut, but it was a great way to see how my taste and skill had evolved with retouching. It was amazingly therapeutic, to revisit old work and give it fresh paint. I recommend this to anyone who has been doing it a long time. I found it to be a nice way to honour the person who was, and who the person is now as a creative.