I'm 24. I've spent time in university, thinking that I was behind everyone else and I was missing out on having a life. I also spent time out of university and now I know that I wasn't missing anything. I now realize that the most important than I can spend my 20's doing is building a career. I'm enrolling in college part-time while I work so I can pay as I go. Time goes by fast. 4 years ago, I was in college. I could have gotten a master's degree in the same time I spent just living. I thought about what I would be missing out on if I work and go to the college at the same time. Parties/bars/drugs ; Been there, done that, waste of time. Sex Life ; I'm more interested in a serious relationship with a woman in a similar situation as me who will understand than racking up partners. Also, I'm probably more likely to meet her at college than anywhere else I've been going. Luxury ; I won't have a nice apartment of my own, a nice car, a PS4 and so on for a while, but I learned a very important lesson last year when I living at my ex-girlfriend's house with nothing but a small suitcase full of things. Having a lot of possessions isn't what make me happy. Hobbies ; I used to spread myself thin but I cut out most of my lesser hobbies and I'm keeping the important ones. Social life ; Would be easier to make friends in college than work alone. Less time, but more quality time. Artistic Pursuits ; I am working on singing and producing music. But I can still fit that into a tight schedule. I can just record quick demos in 5 minutes during a busy school week, and then record the full version of those songs during Spring/Break. Entertainment ; I won't have time for every movie and video game that comes out, but there's still enough time for the few most essential ones. Sports ; Instead of joining a time consuming league, I can just play intramural sports whenever I'm free to do so. Fitness ; I used to lift daily. P90x is fine now. Diet is 80% of it. Kids ; It would best for my future child that I'm older, wiser and more stable. Traveling ; Okay, this one I feel sad about. Excitement ; Most bucket list items like skydiving and parasailing can be done in just a few hours. Almost all of these things that I felt like I was a missing out on can be done later in life, can be done in moderation while I study or isn't essential at all. Some of these, in fact, are even easier to do in a college setting. I'm young and still have a lot to learn, but I do know that living and having fun doesn't end when I'm 30.