Finished, I think it'll be something I can claim with pride. That wasn't the case with the original manuscript. Even though the paper I worked for published it, I was never happy with its tone or focus.
Everything has its time and place, and that's always tied to where you are mentally and spiritually as a writer. Likely is with other endeavors as well, but I'm not familiar enough with other disciplines to comment.
With one exception. I think I could hit a curve ball now, whereas I couldn't touch one in my youth.
Hey, all you can do is keep getting better--until you die.