Even if you've never written a program, or if your programming experience is restricted to things like DOS batch, perl is something you can learn. If you wish you could just "hack things" when you need them, perl is a great choice.
So, how do you get started? Well, there are a lot of resources out there, some better than others. I would suggest you start with this site, which offers a nice variety of options, and that you fire up an IRC client and join us in #perl on irc.freenode.net for more interactive advice and encouragement.
I'll be looking for you.