While I’ve touched on things that can get in the way of creativity — an exhausting day job, outside influences, and self-sabotage, another enemy of creativity is losing your stuff.
There are several necessary ingredients for the creative mind: A childlike curiosity, access to dreams, fearlessness, unconventionality, a sense of hunger, and motivation that only comes when you surround yourself with other creatives.
Public education tries its best to breed (and maybe medicate) some of these traits out of a person. You lose touch with others as you grow up and spend your eight hours in a cubicle. The whole idea is to hang onto these traits; few do. It’s a jungle out there.