This article is well thought-out and presented on the subject of hitting rock bottom and options thereafter.
I think it’s true that depending on personal circumstances, when you are placed in a position of having less, it can give you a focus in your work. But you do need to be able to do more than merely exist.
It is possible to defy Mazlo’s hierarchy of needs. There are many examples around the world of people succeeding with creative zeal whilst living in extremely difficult circumstances. Determination, tenacity and talent all play a role, but mostly being true to yourself, having integrity, believing in the work you are producing.
Maybe JK is a one-off, a bit like Elvis, but that’s not to say that you shouldn’t write your story, in fact, you should. Write it and put it out there. Someone will read it.
I know many artists, writers, musicians who live with depression. Maybe it goes with the territory. Art, afterall, is a therapeutic thing, this I do believe.
Shut out the noise and focus, find a way.
This is all, of course, a note to myself.