Some creatives find their curiosity diminishing as they age, either they have made enough money with their art, or they not longer having the energy to keep creating. As one ages they learn more about their art and master their craft. Those that continue to find the wisdom in their ideas, continue to create. Tharp shares the example of The Beatles in how they have the "clearest developmental form” within their work, and how their work foreshadows their future work. Everything in their life fed into their work. The author reminds the reader that we all have resources, yet at times our obligations to family, school or work may impede one’s desires to create. She encourages the reader, that even distracted, to continue to work on the habit of building a creative life through learning how to "manage one’s time, resources, expectations and the demands from others.” More than anything, she reiterates, to stay optimistic about doing one’s own work.
I encourage you to buy a copy of The Creativity Habit for a better understanding of your own creative process. Whether you're a master artist or beginning artist, this is an excellent book.