>My normie friends and family keep harping that it's weird. What did I miss out on kek?
You missed out on anything you could have done instead. What do you have to show for the past 8 years? A better body? A relationship? Some experience in life at least? Or do you just have some PUBG wins, 10 runescape accounts, escape from tarkov experience, etc?
In my case, I was halfway through my 6 year tech career by 26 (semi-retired from ETH now).
Look at the markets the past decade. You missed out on working in the largest economic expansion ever. I wish I started working tech jobs in 2016 and wish I could have experienced the ride even earlier.
That said, CS jobs are extremely homosexual, which is why I plan to do something else soon. Just cashing in 300k/year for doing next to nothing as long as I can now, while living in Asia, because why not