Ever since I started to whittle and carve, I've heard some carvers say that they were self taught. Some say it like it's a bad thing. I've heard some say that you always run the risk of "learning" the "incorrect" carving techniques when self taught. And some say it's always harder to "unlearn" a bad habit learned when self taught. While there is some truth to the above, it's not so bad to be self taught.
When I was a very young kid I discovered an old flashlight battery and a flashlight bulb. I ended up taping a wire to the battery in such a way that I could make the light bulb light up. You'd have thought I discovered electricity. A much bigger thrill was realized when I made a crystal radio. Did I have a teacher, no. Did I have written instructions, no.
More recently, when carving I get a big charge when I "discover" how to achieve a specific "look" in a carving with my pocket knife. When I stop to remember, I can recall many times when teaching myself to carve, the thrill of learning a new technique. No instructor! No written instructions! Just me being self taught.
So! I am self taught. I am still learning. Which means I am still some times teaching myself. It also means that I am still thrilled when I discover how to do something new. I hope you are too.