Nothing is permanent in writing. Everything is malleable. Poetry isn't a profession; it's a way of life. It's an empty basket you put your life into it and make something out of it. -- Mary Oliver, veteran poet
If you accept this quote, you'll know that it applies to life, which isn't a profession. Life seems like work for it's a journey, but it's more about how you live that life, and everything changes day by day, minute by minute. Happiness is relative. Everything in life is malleable. Life is an "empty basket" you put memories and everyday struggles, facts, and detail into it and make something out of that life. Those people who don't put their issues and good things into a basket are cheating themselves out of a chance to make something out of their own life. Those who focus more on other folk's life are distracting from changes in their own and, more importantly, they're missing out on a chance to live well and to improve their own life.