You probably heard the stories of your parents telling you how times are different now. By the time they were twenty-one, they already had a well-paying job, were already married, and had enough money to buy a house.
They already hit significant milestones at a relatively young age.
But with changes in the economy, many young people can't hit these milestones so quickly.
Not to say it can't happen. If you login to your social media, you might be able to find a handful of people you went to school with, already achieving many of these milestones in their early twenties. Kids, houses, other types of success, for example.
When you compare these friends and what your parents have achieved in their twenties, it can make you feel like you are falling behind in life. It also puts unnecessary pressure on you to "catch up" or question why you aren't there yet.
The one thing you should not do is compare.
Everybody has a different path in life. Some people managed to get certain things earlier, but it's not wrong to get them later in life either. All because you don't have it now doesn't mean it will never come. Time has also changed.
What was once achievable at a younger age is being done much later. Some people aren't buying homes or getting married until they are well into their thirties, for example.
With the cost of living going up, many can't afford to buy a house right away. Instead, they are renting a room or moving into apartments.
Also, jobs are not what it used to be either. It's challenging, especially when employers ask for two to five years of experience for basic entry-level positions. Not finding a career right away can make you feel like you're falling behind to where you should be.
Being in your twenties is a time of self-discovery and a time to not take life so seriously. It's easy to compare and get caught up about how many milestones you're achieving, but you should not let that stop you.
Time's are different now. People are living longer and taking their retirements later in life. People aren't settling down as fast, and they are enjoying life in other ways, like travelling and following other passions.
Make sure to map out your goals and list what you hope to achieve and remember to always enjoy the ride.