The birthday reflection post

I don't usually use Rosie Writing Space as a venue for my birthday nostalgia but that's pretty much what today's post is so bear with me readers. This year's birthday seems like a big one because so much has happened, and there's something about even numbers that I genuinely like, because they're even, and provide a sense of order, amongst life's consistent surprises. 24 is a big one. It means I've been alive for nearly 25 years, and 25 years is a quarter of a lifetime. The night before my real birthday I found myself in a crowded bar. It was loud, it had this youthful loosely Harry Potter flare, and then it hit me, a sudden reminder that bar culture doesn't have the same association anymore. A lot of the women also seemed younger than me, which is also, kind of, strange. I couldn't help but feel this desire to protect them that I sometimes feel now, when I see nineteen year olds at bars, and teenage girls walking home alone at night. It's been an eventful year because not only am I continuing to make money off my lifetime passion, but it's a pursuit that's beginning to grow, and I'm also beginning to emotionally and intellectually grow a lot. The more I grow, the more I realize that being picky about who I associate with is a good thing, because everyone who I choose to spend time with, and open up to, constantly prove that they're worth the time and effort. More and more I'm also having a great deal of appreciation for my gradually changing relationship with family. Before I hit the official, quarter life period I hope for even more growth. I hope for the love I feel for the people I care about to grow, and continue to remind me that it's worth it, and I hope for increasingly better opportunities to write; more than anything I want to defy and challenge the negative stereotypes that both the media and society have perpetuated regarding my generation. I don't really think I fit my generation's popular, negative stereotypes. Although the elementary school I went to when I was a child was an ultra hippyish institution the one thing they did right was treat us all as equals, while teaching us how to self-sufficiently, productively solve our own problems; that took the "I'm a special flower" belief out of my system at a very young age. I'm a lot more indifferent about material goods this year, as gifts. What I really want is a solid year, filled with productive, fulfilling growth, and the opportunity to learn new things, both about myself and about other people. I just got back from a highly enjoyable, Euro adventure, and that was a pretty solid transition into being one year older.

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Hi, I’m Rosemary, and I’m a copywriter, editor, and content strategist that specializes in website and blog content for B2C retail and E-Commerce brands. My goal is to help businesses break the communication barriers between consumers and the products they purchase in their everyday lives. So where might you have seen my work? I’ve been featured on popular sites, such as ProBlogger, Search Engine Journal, and Stories by Buffer, and I’ve worked with brands such as E-Bay and Yellowpages. When I’m not working on client projects or studying for my Editing classes, I’m often consuming large amounts of coffee, while enjoying old crime dramas, or listening to indie rock. For more info about my work visit my website, www.rosemaryrichings.com.