Outside of work, this has been a big theme for me and something that has occupied a great deal of my thoughts being in my 20s. I am still in my 20s so maybe an older soul can give more insight into all of this.
While it seems like after college you start to make more money and become wealthier, it is also supposed to be a lot less fun. College was supposed to be the time to have had all your fun and made a ton of new friends, it was THE time to do it.
I think about the root of it all and it goes back to other people around your age. It seems like 18-21 year olds want to make new friends, they want to go out, they want to engage in social activities, hookups and relationships for the fun of it are normal, and they seem more optimistic about life compared to anyone past the age of 25.
What's frustrating is that it seems like life after college can have the potential to be a ton of fun, but that never really transpires due to the people you are around.
You have money, you are probably wiser now with age, and you have a better understanding of yourself. Big cities themselves seem to offer countless bars and venues where alcohol is readily available.
Issue here is that the circumstances are much less favorable. You don't get a chance to meet as many new people who are high on life and people around you. Opportunities to make new friends, have fun new social experiences, and be a part of a community don't seem to exist after college because people are forced to go to a more lonely path.
It seems as if for those of us who do like to make new friends and have fun times, life peaked in college.
If you're more introverted or more of a misanthrope, I think life actually does get better as you get older.
What are your thoughts?