One of the good things about getting older is being able to spot a pattern in the stupid things I keep doing. Or so I've found. Perhaps there's no escaping these habits but I'm hoping awareness counts for something. I've come to realise that I continually seek approval from individuals (usually men - read into that what you want...) to validate myself as an interesting and/or creative person. Over the years, I've done this again and again, and it's so ridiculous because whether or not they think I'm talented is generally irrelevant. It's a nasty habit and one I'd really like to quit.