The myth of the starving artist

There is a romantic notion that a person pursuing artistic endeavors must be starving (and often drunk or high) in order to be legit. I believed it myself in my 20s and much of my 30s. But now I find this to be completely antithetic to how I create work. I find it incredibly difficult to do any meaningful thinking when I'm preoccupied with being hungry or worrying about a bill that needs to be paid.