I was 17 in 1998. I always remember it as one of my best years. It doesn't seem like very long ago to me.
When the film 'Sliding Doors' came out, I think I went to see it at the cinema with my best friend. We were a bit obsessed with the cool short haircut that Gwyneth gets and I attempted to emulate it myself. GOOP wasn't all that well known - I won a tenner in a bet with my mum that she wasn't really English (we weren't sure). She even manages to say 'bollocks' really convincingly.
I was quite excited when, in the present day, I spotted it on Netflix (which, of course, didn't exist in 1998). It was only when watching it that I realised how long ago 1998 really was. (Not that far off 20 years, in fact.)
It looks so very old-fashioned - even retro - now. There was smoking indoors. And tape decks. And drinking Grolsch was trendy. As was wearing a poloneck (actually I still love a poloneck, but I used to wear them a lot more in 1998). Films like 'Sliding Doors' saw fit to include Dodgy in their soundtrack...
But it's still a really good film.