Here is an older entry from Strobist on finding your place on the lighting journey. The article talks about how photographers use light, and relates the amount of awareness and control to various levels of skill and creativity. It’s a long article, but if you are interested in photography beyond the basics, this is a good bit of insight and metric to figure out where you are and where you want to go.
I’m somewhere between 4 (Experimentation) and 5(Bag of Tricks). While I do know what works for many situations, and if I am shooting for a client I can nail the essentials, I really do rely on experimentation when getting started. Plus, it’s just fun.