Things are not quite so simple always as black and white.
The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.
I do have a sense, and I've never not had it, of how easily things can vanish.
I don't know much about creative writing programs. But they're not telling the truth if they don't teach, one, that writing is hard work, and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.
I'm sure that everybody feels a kind of permanent anguish about what's going on in the world.