I completely understood what they were talking about. I'd been in the same position, feeling like I was too time poor, feeling like artmaking was indulgent, feeling like my art had to have a functional purpose (to decorate my walls) and couldn't simply be for my own personal enjoyment, growth and happiness.
Are you a keen podcast listener? I'm totally addicted. I always have a podcast playing as I paint or type or run or drive. Recently I was listening to one particular podcast by two inspirational artists and they were chatting about the pros and the cons of giving art as a gift.