How can you stop constantly thinking about the process of "aging"? I am 34 years old and an undergraduate student in my senior year; everyday, I compare myself to my 20 years old colleagues and how accomplished they will be by the time they will turn my age; I also compare myself to people my age with 13 years of work experience and I keep telling myself that "I should have started my school 10 years earlier". I tried to use positive affirmations but these thoughts are really loud and are making me feel weak. How can I turn my mind off from thinking that " I am getting TOO OLD for doing this or that" ?
Getting your university degree and starting your career in your thirties is not a big deal. Becoming a mature and well-rounded adult is not a race or a time-sensitive enterprise like being an Olympic gymnast where you have a small age window of time to compete. What matters for you is that have decided that now is the time for you to get your degree. You are living your life consciously and that is what’s important in the long run. There is a high likelihood that most of your fellow classmates are there because they don’t know what else to do, or their parents have pressured them to stay in school. When they turn 34 and discover they are not happy with their life, they may be envious of you. When you compare yourself to others, you are assuming things about their lives that you cannot possibly know, while casting your own life in the worst light. It’s better to simply make life choices that are aligned with your true needs and purpose and not compare it to anyone else’s, because your life isn’t anyone else’s.