My friend! What you have done is rediscover The Feynman technique. Or at least a part of it.
It basically consists of 4 steps.
- List the things you want to know and start trying to learn them.
- Try to explain the items on your list to someone who doesn’t understand them.
- If you get stuck or are unable to explain a little detail, go back to that part and try to understand it better.
- With the better understanding try again to explain it fully, using analogies to basic knowledge or experience when required.
[If you really are unable to explain some thing maybe because it might be too abstract or novel, skip the details or specifics and explain a cartoonish version of the subject. ]