Dude I totally get where you're coming from. First off, I'm from Chalmette myself, spent a lot of time in the swamps as a kid. Luckily for me, I moved out a while ago and have been in VA (after a stint in Ecuador) for about 12 years.
I have worked at a bar since I was 17, and for the longest time was the youngest one there by a couple of years, including clientele and coworkers. As a result, many of my friends are older than me and my best friend, whom i met at the bar, is about 20 years older. Recently, we have both gone through some issues and for the first time in the six years that we have been close, nothing she could do or say made me feel any better and vice versa.
Then, one day, out of the blue, I reconnected with a friend from middle school who is my age. Truth be told, while I have a plethora of older friends whom I turn to in times of need, having that person that is 23 put things out there how she sees them helped....maybe I didn't agree, at times I thought she was naive....but the fact of knowing that someone else didn't get what I didn't get, at that very moment, who is literally at the same stage of life as me, was comforting.
Sometimes you just need people your age to relate to...older friends in all their wisdom are great, but at times you just need to connect with someone who is at the same point in the effed up journey of life as you are.