Being an artist is a lifestyle not a temporary situation. Art is a lifestyle not just an activity. One’s art and his/her life are eventually inseparable. One cannot be an artist without having a lifestyle which is conducive to being an artist.
Art is about freedom and creative expression. Being an artist is first and foremost about feeling free to create. It is about expressing what is in you, expressing something that potentially others have not expressed before or have expressed it in a different way. It is about expressing what you want and maybe even need to express.
At different moments you see with different eyes. How you see is also dependent on your emotional state. Being an artist means having a lifestyle that makes creativity and art part of your everyday life.