I was overweight, didn't know how to talk to people, and had a serious case of oneitis.
In eight years, I've gone back and graduated college, got /fit/, gotten into guitar and synths, and read more than the same four book series over and over. I've learned how to communicate better and I enjoy the work I do more.
Do I miss the culture back then? Yeah, a little, but I wouldn't give up my standard of living for it.