Is looking back at old writing and thinking to yourself: wow, this is where I came from.
I feel that a lot when I browse through work that made it through my ‘get rid of all the things I’m embarrassed to have written’ phase (before I remembered that no matter how much you hate something you’ve written, you should always keep your work.) I’ve done a lot of that lately and have found that I actually like the things that I’ve written. Even things that I thought were really bad. Some things I look at and wonder why I never finished because even if the work needs a bit of polishing there’s something there that can be used.
It’s a good lesson for not giving up, and for keeping up with the craft and improving.