I had a lot of records, a number of them 12" singles, that I had to throw away. Many of these 12" single versions are absolutely unavailable--and the LP version is shorter. I got quite a few back as CD versions, but I did have to steal quite a few of those elusive 12" single versions. At least I got most of them back.
It's those opportunities to get an education or live your life that are really lost forever. You might be able to go to college, but it's not the same as if you were fresh out of high school. Plus, every year you delay college is a year you are not going to be able to get the higher income, a year of lower Social Security earnings, and ultimately a year less to prepare for your retirement.