If a child does two years of this or that, here and there throughout their academic life not much impact will be created. Imagine instead, that same child doing 10 years of math club. She’s going to Harvard, Yale, CalTech, pretty much guaranteed.
You’re not a kid, but you probably know one. Just because your ship has sailed doesn’t mean you can’t be the wind in someone else’s sails.
Even if your ship has sailed, in five years you’ll be five years older. How will you grow or shrink?