We all have a choice. We can stay in a negative dark place or do the best we can for ourselves and those around us to live our best lives.
I published my first short story when I was 39, and my first novel when I was 45. I would never have been able to write what I wrote without the life experiences that forty-five years had given me.
I suppose you can look at this as building the proverbial bucket list with the knowledge that time can be limited--whether by world happenings, illness, death, or circumstance.