It has taken me a long time to see myself as a fine art photographer and also as a writer. When I retired, my intention was to pursue writing. Photography came along a couple years later. Both occupations are very rewarding to me. And I mean that as it "occupies" me as a past-time and hobby, but also as an artist.
Taking myself seriously as either of these has been a long journey. I am still on the path. This year feels like the year I will "come into my own." I'm not saying I'm going to make a living or become famous or anything, but then, I shouldn't rule anything out. Follow your bliss. Pursue your passions. A while back I voiced these thoughts to the wrong people. They laughed or made dismissive remarks. I know they were only be "realistic", but now I know that you need to find it inside yourself to be who and what you are.
So now I am cultivating my own mind's image of me. It starts from where we are at and can only move forward. Mirrors don't lie which is why I am cleaning up the mirror in my mind so it reflects to me as the healthy, happy and creative me I know I am.