Nice Reflection. I would echo the same on SQL server and in general with RDBMS technologies. I started working with Oracle database in 1992, later on got into SQL Server, MYSQL, PostgreSQL. Since 2015, worked with some of the newer versions of SQL server, worked on integration with other Databases. Eco system has evolved nicely over time, particularly support for large databases, GIS support, Express Editions, concept of linked servers etc. As an Database Architect and Database support person, I find it cool day-by-day working with Databases - like support for JSON data, columnar extensions in PostgreSQL, and Power BI capabilities.
Experience is the strength.