So im 21 and just thinking about my future all the time is giving me anxiety. I went to university 2 years ago but dropped out cause I wasnt ready and other reasons. right now i still live with parents. now next fall im planning to move to another province as i have wanted to live by mountains since i was 11 or so. the thing is although i think i have a good idea what i want to do when i go back to school(respiratory therapy) now i dont think i will be able to focus because this year i developed knee problems and may require more surgery possibly on both knees. so i think im going to wait until i get my knees better hopefully so i can focus completely on school. I know im still young but i see my friends almost graduating and will be making money and starting a career way earlier than me and i feel like im going to be behind in life. its like im so worried of 'winning' the rat race to get a career and buy a house or something like that. everyone around me seems to think life consists of going to college right after high school then start career to buy a house. meanwhile im not going to be starting at least 2 years from now so i can focus only on school and i feel like ill be comparing myself to my friend who will be starting some type of construction manager job making good money way before i would. why do i feel like life is this race to get a job and climb the corporate ladder? i know im not ready yet until i get my physical and also mental health in order but i feel like im just trying to rush through life. has anyone else here only started school or career later in 20s? i dont like how im always comparing my progress to the 'normal' route in life.