Yep. if Youth weren't wasted on the Young, we'd all know lives of higher worth, a world of less unhappiness, and no need to wish for another lifetime to replace this one that we never knew how really to live.
Every situation, person and experience occurs to teach you a lesson. The question is "Do you learn it?" Believe it "empowered" you instead of acting the victim. Lessons that teach your empathy, unconditional love, wisdom, maturity and mould you into being a better person...... Have you learnt your lesson?