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post #40 of Old 05-22-2013
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Re: Young people and adventure

There's no right approach to being young.

I spent my 20s in graduate school, working until midnight every night and setting my alarm clock for 6am every Saturday so I could get a head start on studying over the weekend. I envied my friends who were footloose and bumming around the world *and* my friends with real jobs (and health insurance!) but it never seemed an option for me. I had undergraduate loans that required a real income to pay back and a drive to do research that wasn't going to be possible without an advanced degree.

Was it worth it? Absolutely. I get up every day excited about what I do, surrounded by other people excited about what they do. I make a nice income doing work I genuinely enjoy. Compared to many of my peers who seemed to be having a much better time when we were all in our 20s, I'm enjoying life much more now.

Which is a longer way of saying - there's no one path to happiness. For some of us, the sailboat comes later, and that's okay.
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