Micki, at My Rearview Mirror, found an interesting piece about how creativity in men diminishes after thirty, marriage and children.
As she succinctly puts it,
Not great news for married with children men or men who are past the age of 30!
He found the data remarkably concurs with the observation made by Albert Einstein in 1942: “A person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of 30 will never do so.
…the great minds who married virtually kissed goodbye to making any further glorious additions to their CV. Within five years of making their nuptial vows, nearly a quarter of married scientists had made their last significant contribution to knowledge.
It’s hard to argue with this. In a young man’s life, the juices are flowing, there are new challenges everyday, and energy is high. As we mature, we start to encounter some of the same circumstances and events and don’t need to be as creative in our responses as we used to be. We don’t question things like when we were younger. Add in a wife and kids and the responsibilities that come along with them, and the creativity changes direction. It may even be set aside for a while and reawakened at a later stage of life.