Student or Learner
Twenty-five years before I began to write these lines, I made a discovery that took all the intervening time for me to realize I had made. To call it a “discovery” is perhaps misleading, for people have been aware of it since the dawn of time. Yet the word is appropriate, because even though my finding itself was well known, it had not been described or theoretically explained by the relevant branch of scholarship, which in this case happens to be psychology. So I spent the next quarter-century investigating this elusive phenomenon.
(Flow; Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)
Would you be so kind as to tell me whether it simply means that he made a discovery but did not realize that he made it at the time?