[Serious] Are you truly happy at the moment? If not, why?

Nah. I haven't been truly happy going on 4 years now. My life is good - hell even great. I really can't complain honestly. I've done great in college (3.91 GPA). I've worked hard and was able to work an internship at a top company last summer. I'm still living with my parents, which allows me to graduate in debt-free 2 months with a B.S. in computer engineering. The week after graduation I'm going on a 3 week trip to Norway with a friend of mine. When I get back I get 3 weeks off before I start working at the top company mentioned above making great money. I'll also be starting graduate school in the fall to finish up my schooling career. On top of all of this, I'm in the best shape of my life. 13% body fat, can finally bench my body weight, the whole deal.

But all of this comes at a price. To keep my grades so high, I pretty much do nothing but school during school. Last term I played maybe 20 hours of video games and went on 2 hikes over the course of 10 weeks. Pretty much the only time I chilled was on Saturday - the rest of the week was dedicated to college. And friends are mostly non-existent. I have one high school friend that still lives at home that I hang out with almost weekly. At my commuter school there are plenty of people I talk to. However, they are all much older than me (late 20s or older) with kids and wives, so they don't want to do anything on the weekends.

Not to mention I haven't dated or done anything with a woman since high school. I just don't have the heart to take a girl out and lead her on when I know I don't have enough time to dedicate to her.

Truthfully, through all of college, I've never felt as happy as I did in high school. If you asked me this same question at 17 I would have said absolutely. I was content with life in high school. What wasn't there to love for me? My parents paid for gas, I did maybe 15 minutes of homework a night to pull a 3.95 GPA out of honors courses, I had no curfew, I didn't have to work, and had 7+ hours of free time a day to do whatever. I went to school for 7 hours a day to hang out with friends pretty much, and then after school just hung out with them more. I also can't count the number of times I'd be sitting around on a Saturday and get a call from someone saying a LAN party was happening at someones house. I'd kill to have something spontaneous happen like that again.

I've been labeled a person that "peaked" in high school, and maybe I did, but I don't really feel like it. My life is good now and my life was fairly average back then. I just miss the simpler times is all.

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