Hey Eric! I am unsure if our paths have crossed in the past.
From your comment, I can tell you are a conscientious reader and writer! Yes, the comments and recommends are validation, no doubt!
I was thinking about the greater scheme of life-beyond Medium. All of the people in life who see this as another hobby. The biggest voice saying that — is mine.
Maybe I will find a way to quiet it, through action or acceptance, not sure which, yet.