Stop comparing your life timeline to others

I’m not exactly sure if the term ‘life timeline’ is the best way to encapsulate what I’m referring to, but hear me out. I haven’t heard another term for it as of yet, so we will tentatively stick with ‘life timeline’ for now.

When I say life timeline, I’m making reference to how one’s life pans out in terms of significant events. Some examples of these significant events a lot of experience in our lives include getting engaged, getting married, purchasing a home, having children, securing our dream job, etc. Some of us may be fortunate enough to participate in all of these life events, while some of us may experience a handful, and others none at all.

That’s the beauty of life, though; there isn’t a guaranteed right or wrong way to do it, and there certainly isn’t a structured timeline we should all be abiding by and following when it comes to our own life timeline.

It’s crucial to acknowledge that the times we are living in are drastically different than they were 20 or 30 years ago. When my parents were my age, they were already married, owned a home, and while they were an exception in the sense they waited ten years after being married to have children, most folks were having children soon after being married. Today, you’re lucky if you find yourself living on your own before the age of 30, you probably won’t get married until your late 20s to early 30s, and kids may not even be on the table for you, depending on your situation.

When you attempt to compare the average life situation of someone in their mid-to-late 20s in today’s world to the average life situation of someone in their mid-to-late 20s 30 years ago, you will quickly come to the realization that an adequate comparison simply is not feasible. So do yourself a favour and stop likening your own life timeline to that of others, because there isn’t a whole lot of sense in doing so.

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