Nobody Likes You When You’re 23
(Bonus points if you get the reference.)
This week’s post is a little different. Today’s my 23rd birthday, so I want to reflect on the past year.
Everyone, writers in particular, should take some time to reflect on their birthday. It’s a great opportunity to take stock of how much you’ve grown and set goals for the future.
My birthday has always been a natural point of reflection for me. This year, I’m fortunate — mentally and professionally, I’ve grown more this year than any other.
I graduated from my Creative & Critical Writing MA with a distinction. My husband and I moved to Ireland. I built my freelance career from the ground up, and now work full-time as a freelance writer and editor. I published my first book. I started this blog.
So I accomplished some pretty cool things in my 22nd year. I’m proud of myself and the life we’ve built.
But that doesn’t mean I’m going to settle, and that doesn’t mean there’s no room for improvement.
This birthday is the point of no return. Adulthood, here we come. I have to get a solicitor and an accountant this year. Yikes! Last year, I didn’t even know what a solicitor was.
I’m still adjusting to the ‘real world’. Granted, my husband and I have been self-sufficient, functioning adults for the last 7 months. We haven’t gone broke or hungry, so I think we’re doing a decent job. (I can almost hear some of you sniggering at that.)
Transitioning into full-fledged adulthood is a journey I’m simultaneously terrified and excited to take. I think that’s why I’m not as excited about my birthday this year as I usually am.
But I’m ready.
This year will bring new opportunities for personal growth for both of us. I’ve secured my dream job; this year, I’m going to support Adam while he prepares to do the same. As for my own goals, I’m learning to keep them quiet. (According to this TED talk, you’re more likely to achieve them if you do.)
What do you wish you’d known on your 23rd birthday? Got any birthday advice for me? Share your wisdom!