And yes, I do believe that today the daily struggle to maintain your place is just as hard.
Hafta comment on this one, to disagree. I really think grown-ups are much more tolerant than teenagers.
Adults seem (to me) MUCH less concerned with social status and gaffs, and more concerned with making a real connection to other people.
Maybe this is just my own experience speaking?
At 47, I find people SO much more loving, accepting, huggy, and friendly than I did at, say, 17, I can hardly believe it.