Date: July 31st, 2020 7:02 PM
0 - 12: life is an amazing fantasy-adventure and it's carefree but you're basically a slave. if school or home life sucks, it's hell. but if not EVERYTHING is new and cool. making friends, new places, new things, new activities, etc. constant stimulation. you're excited to get out of bed every day.
13 - 18: life is less of an amazing fantasy-adventure but it still is somewhat...it's just that you aren't really a child anymore. plus, you have more freedom and are experiencing some of the novelties or adult life...it's the age of "firsts". however, due to the weird transition from childhood to adulthood and the beginning of more complex social dynamics, it can be an angsty and stressful time too. still overall pretty awesome. the best time, many would argue.
19 - 24: kind of a continuation of the teenage years, but you've grown into your skin and are much less insecure. the "magic" of childhood is now gone basically but you're experiencing even more of the novelty of adulthood than you did as a teenager. plus, complete freedom for the first time. oh, and way more sex. seeing new places, doing new things...it's a great time period. only real drawback is financial security...you have none. you're broke.
25 - 35: a lot of the novelty and thrill of life has worn off, but you should have some money at this point and be into a career. at this point though, lives take two different paths:
if you are single, you have as much financial freedom/freedom of choice as you'll ever have...this is the time to cross shit off your bucket list. you might start to feel listless and empty though, as if stuff doesn't have the same appeal as it once did, and you're just going through motions. plus, your time is a bit more scarce when it comes to doing what you want.
if you get married, yuge gamble. can be a great experience and fulfilling to have kids and see them grow. could be wonderful. or, could be the worst thing you ever did in your life. in either case, you have a lot less freedom in terms of time and what you can do than when you were single, but you at least have financial security.
36 - 50: a continuation of previous age bracket, only the novelty of having kids and seeing them grow wears off if you're married. they'll become a pain in the ass before leaving the nest. your health and vitality is going away and you feel like the freedom and zest of your youth was in a different lifetime. probably the most depressing time period. the main benefits are even more financial security and career prestige. if your kids have left home, you'll experience a lot more happiness and freedom, and you can get an early start to your GOLDEN YEARS.
if you're single, life becomes more and more monotonous and you are more jaded than ever. life has lost a lot of its luster, but you are emotionally much more stable and equipped to deal with whatever happens. there might be a gaping hole in your soul and you don't know how to fill it, but you kinda just live on doing your thing. a creature of habit. at least you have more financial security, as mentioned above. there's also still some hope that you can get on track and live a fulfilling life.
51+: For most people, this is the beginning of the golden years. If you raised a family, have money and still have your health, this can be a great time period. winery trips. boomer parties at the cabin. the whole 9 yards. you get freedom you haven't had in 18-20 years. at time goes on, your health gets shittier and shittier and you feel like a shell of your younger self. you haven't felt young in some years but it really starts to suck when your health begins preventing you from doing things you enjoy. you know coach will never put you in to win the state championship football game with a 4th quarter touchdown again, but it would be nice to be able to go for hikes, do stuff around the house or even walk without a cane. on the flipside, you might get grandkids. you'll see the cycle of life start anew and get to relive some of the joy you had raising your own kids, without the hassle.
if you're still single, LJL. you fucked up. family, grandkids, etc. probably out of the question. best shot is to find another damaged soul and kindle what romance you can. or make sure you have devoted yourself to creative achievement in something you are passionate about, and have made your mark. if not, life will feel gray. nothing will make you happy and you'll feel like a walking ghost. you'll be a useless, withered, jaded husk of a human who will never get a second chance at life and whose health will slowly dwindle until you die the death you so longed for.
As you can see, at any one time period there are things that suck. Guess we can never have it all at one time.