Vico, I hope you’re not about to bow out of Medium. Your very honest story probably reflects most of our experiences. I finally reached the conclusion that I’ll continue to write here for several reasons: it improves my writing skills; if one person can read my article and be inspired or entertained, then it’s worthwhile because, like ripples in a pond, when we touch one person we could be touching a multitude; this interaction allows me to support and encourage other writers who are also looking for encouragement to keep them going. I write nowadays not to be a writer, but to write. It’s who I am. I try to keep my balance and perspective by filling my life with other activities that bring me directly into contact with people and the opportunity to help them in some way. My writing pales in comparison with this last activity, even if the writing looms large in my mind. And now I’m going to go to your profile page and read your story.