So when I picked up a camera, I was doing it because I loved to express myself and believed that this could be a great tool to create art. A powerful thing came along; social media. As a photographer I found myself drowning in an ocean of likes, comments and follows. For a while I found my validation in that.  After a while, I realized that approval like that can be so fleeting. Validation cannot be 100% sourced from other people!!!! You have to believe in yourself and your craft. Community and validation from friends is ok, but they can't be your main source for it. Go explore, create something new and believe in it!