UNITED STATES – A study conducted during the first four weeks of 2020 has found the national mood is at an all time high, with Americans experiencing a profound sense of hope and positivity moving into the new decade.
With economic indicators such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and consumer confidence at an all time high, and unemployment at its lowest point in 50 years, Americans are getting a feeling that they’ve finally broken through the doldrums of the 2010s, and are moving toward a new era.
“I remember the hardship that our family faced when the economy crashed in 2008,” said 19 year old college freshman Stacy Parsons. “We almost lost our home, but I’m thankful that we’ve been able to get through that, and I gotta say, after spending hours in crowded lecture halls all winter, it’ll be nice to hit the beaches in Miami come spring break. Now is my time to live!”
Reminiscent of the Era of Good Times in the 1820s, and the Roaring 20’s of the 20th century, Americans from coast to coast have welcomed the 2020s as a generation-defining decade, an as-of-yet unnamed period of unbridled joy, optimism, and opportunity.
For longtime school teacher Mary Bergstrom, 2020 will be a year of change. “I’m retiring after 40 years of teaching, and I’m looking forward to spending the rest of the school year surrounded by kids and staff at Barlow Middle School,” said Bergrom. “It’s going to be bitter sweet, but the school is organizing a whole bunch of activities and celebrations this spring in my honor, and I’m really looking forward to leaving on a high note.”
When asked about future plans, Bergstrom said she has booked a two-week cruise to kick off the end of her working life, and will enjoy a comfortable retirement buoyed by steep gains in her investment portfolio.
For recent culinary school graduate Liam Stover, a trip to Northern Italy is in the works where he plans on refining his craft in some of the best restaurants Italy has to offer. “I’m blessed that I’ll traveling mid-February to spend two months in Milan to study with some of the best regional chefs in Italy,” said Stover. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a young chef like me, and all the saving and sacrificing to achieve my dream has been worth it.”
Without a care in the world, young and old alike are planning to attend festivals, concerts, and sporting events.
For self-proclaimed Basketball fanatic Josh Harling, things couldn’t be better. “The Lakers are dominating the Western Conference, and it looks like they’ll make it to the NBA finals. March Madness, my favorite time of the year, is just around the corner, and I just have such good feeling about things to come,” Harling told BeetPress.
26 year old Samantha Chen is looking forward to her wedding on Valentine’s day and reuniting with her extended family in San Francisco – many of whom she hasn’t seen since she was a child.
“I’m getting married on February 14th, and I’m so excited that my entire family is flying over from China,” said Chen. “I’m most excited that my 88 year old great-grandma, who has never left Hubei Province, will be making her first trip on a plane. She’s so excited, this will be the adventure of a lifetime for her.” Following her wedding, Chen and her new husband Pablo will embark on a honeymoon in Pablo’s homeland Spain.
“The last few years have been rough,” said Harling, “but for me and everyone I know – everyone across the country in fact, the 20’s are going to be our decade to thrive.”