The topic, as far as I have experienced in America has been taboo for quite some time, but I personally find it important to talk about the uncomfortably common habit of comparison. From an early age, we are trained to compare ourselves to those surpassing us but also to those lagging behind us. I, too, am a huge victim of this, because I find myself saying things that I am not proud of to make myself feel better, through dragging others down.
Personality begins where comparison leaves off. Be unique. Be memorable. Be confident. Be proud. -Shannon L. Alder
We are taught to have set goals by specific age limits, and I find it very unfortunate that you are essentially frowned upon by society if you are not college educated by 22, married with children by 30, and own a house by 35. These are all major milestones but it is very important to remember that people all come from different walks of life and not everyone has an interest in a family. However you, yes you, are responsible for your own actions so whatever goals you have, even if you feel it is too late, go at them FULL FORCE. Who cares if you’re the oldest person in your class? Do what you do, and do it well. Because nobody is going to do it for you!