I was very excited to graduate business school in 2001 and start my new job with a top tier management consulting firm in their offices in lower Manhattan on 9/10/2001.
2004 to 2007 were pretty good years for me. I was enjoying a period of professional success and Wolf of Wall Street levels of debauchery. 2012-2017 were pretty good for me as well. Decided to get married and have 2 kids. Was doing well professionally.
Heck, the past year was really great up until around March
Plane fares amazingly cheap, and I felt liberated starting to use a white cane. So I went around the world a couple times, to every continent, filling in 25 countries I’d never been to. Good-bye, bucket list.
I’ll go with 2000* itself. The Cold War was an increasingly distant memory, the Internet boom was still in full swing, we had full employment, and the prosperity from the boom was widely shared, with full employment resulting in higher pay, up and down the ladder.
It even created the illusion that it didn’t really matter who was President because the country could more or less run itself. (I want to go back in time and have a word with the people who actively pushed that notion.)
*Or if you’re going to quibble that the first 5.5 months of 2000 are more than 20 years ago, I’ll go with the year from 6/14/2000 to 6/14/2001. Close enough.