Art is underrated. There's not really two ways about it. With art programs getting cut in schools, museums closed down, and artists of all stripes struggling to make ends meet, it's not hard to see.
It's easy to say, "oh, that's just a story; it doesn't have any impact on my life," or "I have to worry about paying the bills tomorrow instead of enjoying the museum." It's easy to focus on the nitty gritty of life and let the beauty pass us by.
But it's my firm belief that we need art in order to be fulfilled human beings. We need to read fiction and poetry, or sing and dance, or paint, or take photos, or sew, or make jewelry. Or do all of the above, or something else entirely.
We need art of some kind to remind us to live life to the fullest, and to explore new things, and to appreciate what's around us. We need art to show us beauty in dark times, and to make us think, and to sometimes to make us cry.
Art has been at the beginning of civilizations and at the core of revolutions. Art has given people hope and helped them connect to each other in new, unexpected ways. Art has literally saved lives.
So, as Neil Gaiman said, "make good art." Whatever your medium, however you work, make good art. Put something out in the world, even if you don't think it's perfect. Tell your story. Maybe you'll change someone's life, and maybe you won't, but at least you'll have made the world incrementally more beautiful.