In my 30's my income was significantly higher that it is today. So was my partner's and with exceptions, most of my colleagues and friends.
In our 30's we had pension plans and a 401K match. We had health and life insurance through our employers. We got raises and cost of living increases. Life was good.
Vacations increased with seniority. You could even accrue unlimited vacation and sick time. You could donate it to other employees who needed it.
My home was appreciating in value every year.
Layoffs were virtually unheard of.
Its weird, but somehow all that work on our careers isn't paying off, but all that work on our selves is. The less my job gives me, the more I realize that I'm free to structure my life around family, friends and hobbies and less around work.
I'm happier for it.