Looking back at recessions and market crashes I feel like I have never actually been affected by them, I didnt even really notice them happening at all. 90-91 recession - I was in the military so very isolated from the outside world Y2k/Tech crash - I was on the dole living it up with my mates 9/11 - Saw it on tv. Apart from nail clippers etc on planes it didnt change my way of life 2008 Crash - Full time employed and didnt even notice it, I bought my first property around 2008 without a single concern for my job or the crashing markets. Im sure these events had significant effects on people in different situations but my life seemed unaffected by them. I hung out at the same shops, with the same people, lived frugally and did the same things I had always done. Was I just blissfully ignorant about my surroundings and the world at large or did anyone else feel that the panic surrounding these events were for other people and not themselves?