Before the world had VS Code there was Sublime Text.
Before the world had Notepad++ there was Notepad.
Before vi and emacs? Well I’m not sure that time existed.
It doesn’t matter what editor you pick but sometimes you’ve got to go with whatever is available. You never know when you’re going to need to edit something via a connection that offers nothing but a terminal interface. That’s when you need nano or vi or emacs or ed.
Pick one (make it vi) and learn a few basics and it will definitely get you out of trouble at some point or other.