But being proud of what you’ve made is forbidden or something. (Confidence is the most bizarre lose-lose situation…)
I don’t think I’m particularly big-headed about my work, but I like it, and it’s a lot better than having not made anything. Everyone thinks they can do better, and some folk undoubtedly could. But 99% of people out there haven’t, and they don’t know how hard it is, especially with a grad student workload and other responsibilities. I made it work, I produced a thing I like. It’s not even close to perfect, and there’s a lot I’d do differently if I could start over or if I just had more time, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be glad of what I did manage to get done even if it’s dorky.