Malcolm Gladwell (see Nic Rad portrait below) produced probably the seminal statement on creativity and aging in his 2008 New Yorker essay entitled Late Bloomers, which asks “Why do we equate genius with precocity?”
The answer, of course, is that genius may require precocity, but artistic achievement does not, and many stories exist about writers and painters who struggle in obscurity and despair for decades before achieving success. They don’t start later than the precocious geniuses. They simply arrive later.
Read the essay. It is fascinating and moving, and with its coda – Late bloomers’ stories are invariably love stories – we hear the echo of Gladwell’s most recent book, Outliers.