I'll be 29 soon, and am going through an existential crisis. I grew up very poor and tried to do everything by the book to escape my hellish earlier years. So before college I pretty much just studied, in college it was study and work, and after graduation it's work; I have never partied hard(never even smoked weed).
I'm frantically trying to climb the corporate ladder because I think money is the biggest/kind of only thing that can make me find happiness. Of course everyone will say family is, but not until I get married(mother left when I was younger, etc.). People have told me I'm obsessed with money, power, and respect. When you and your family sorely lacked those things growing up you tend to want it even more.
But I can't help but think how much not taking advantage of my youth will cause severe regret when I'm older.
So to those of you who are very successful(>=200k/yr or net worth >= 1.5 million) and are 47 years old and up, and had to scramble at the expense of your social life when you were younger because you were born poor, has your success been worth it?
Keep in mind that if you are ridiculously rich and say "yeah it was worth it" that might be a little obvious.
I voiced a similar concern in an earlier thread and the general consensus was to take time off and travel. I've actually done that, though maybe not for as long as they were suggesting. I didn't gain much from it. I don't think I should try it again since my career is just starting to get into second gear.