And I do. I never received my fine arts degree, something i once thought I would need (and would have loved doing.) I don't have a career- I take care of people. And even if it interests no one but myself, I am an artist. I don't have to sell or be critiqued. I don't have to be super knowledgeable or skilled (I'm sure that I'm not.) I don't even have to be confident. I don't have to have state of the art equipment or editing programs. (All things my culture implies that I need to be successful.) In fact, part of me detests them. I don't have to be "good."
There are a lot of us floating around out there without a business card. Creating, recording, inventing, on the fly, just because we love it. Living with an artful eye. It's a lovely gray area of freedom.