Most people I see in their late 20s and above are running with impatience and anxiety as they fear that they are late for success, marriage, children or there is not enough time for accomplishing their goals and targets.
Where one tries to run ahead of the natural time, he loses the present moment and all the opportunities it has to offer. And in the process, they end up with wrong decisions and distractions from their path.
One needs ask himself why does he wish to run toward a goal? Is it for his happiness or the happiness he will achieve by fulfilling the expectation of his near and dear ones around him? He needs to then introspect that will achieving his goal actually make him happy forever or there would be another goal in front of him and he would start running for the same again? Life has to be understood as a journey that ultimately makes you realise yourself.
The fear that ‘I am late’ is the biggest illusion. You are a part of nature that guides you every moment. Not a fly flaps its wings or breeze flows, without the presence and guidance of nature. At every step right from birth till now, your body evolved with perfect timing, people and situations were sent to you to evolve at the right time, your education and career was planned, your spouse and children are also part of the divine plan. . Whatever is there in your life is happening perfectly and is neither late nor early.
Stop looking at others as that will cause you unnecessary anxiety because of your individual perceptions and definitions. Trust that everything is happening at the right time and focus on today and know that it is complete.
The Isopanishad says:
ॐ पूर्णम अदः पूर्णम इदं पूर्णात पूर्णम उदच्यते
पूर्णस्य पूर्णम आदाय पूर्ण एव अवशिष्यते
Supreme Purusha is perfect and complete, and because He is completely perfect, all emanations from Him, such as this phenomenal world, are perfectly equipped as complete wholes. Whatever is produced of the Complete Whole is also complete in itself. Anything emanating from Him or merging Him does not change his completeness.