15 things I’ve learned throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.

1. Don’t take things for granted.

Even the littlest things in life like a trip to the hairdressers was stripped from our human right. As an avid music fan and a frequent gig-attendee, I’ve missed the sensations of live music. The beat in my chest, the screaming of lyrics, even being barged by the seven-foot, bald behemoth of a man in a mosh pit. I will never take that for granted again.

2. Self-care is of vital importance.

Eating a healthy diet and taking part in regular exercise can boost your morale and help you feel better. Taking the time to look after both your physical state and mental state can lead to a happier lifestyle.

3. Sharing is caring.

I now know that I’m not the only one going through distress and anxiety, and there are many others that suffer darker fates than I. My conditions make me who I am, and I’ve learned to embrace and share it. Thank you to all that have helped me get through the past year, I owe my life to you all.

4. Human connection is important.

Some people avoid human connection out of choice, other don’t have that choice. It is important to try and step out of your comfort zone and meet in social gatherings to retain friendships.

5. Check in on your friends.

It only takes a few seconds to drop a text to someone who may need it. “I’m ok” could mean so many things and it’s vital that you must try and recognise this. There are many ways to stay connected in today’s society and to not use utilise that is unfortunate. Remember to always use the double reply and ask, “Are you sure you are, ok?” – works every time.

6. Rekindling friendships create closure.

I’ve done unspeakable things previously that have caused me to have my name tarnished and my reputation questioned. Spending hours, days, weeks, months, fixating on my mistakes allowed me to create this platform and express myself in a way that helps myself and others that need it more. Through this, it has allowed me to rekindle a former friendship and given me a second chance to prove that I’ve changed.

7. Being a geek is okay!

Accepting your culture and the hobbies that make you happy is the key to self-care. Who cares if you like Anime? Who cares if you like Wrestling? That makes you the best version of you and that is who you should show yourself to be. The future is nerd.

8. Reliance on my phone.

Others have noticed the increasing dependence I seem to have on my phone, oblivious to me. My phone is my way of connectivity and expression as I’ve said, it has helped my create a platform on social media and meet new, inspiring people within my community and further! I need to cut back on my daily usage and step more into reality than virtually.

9. The little things matter.

Making your bad, tidying your house, dropping a message to your friends make the world of difference to people. Making your bed can allow you to feel a sense of achievement in a morning to encourage you to do the next task, and so on. Tidying your house helps create inner-peace and accomplishment, by being able to visualise your clean house it helps me, and my OCD, to relax.

10. To appreciate your family.

Thanks to meeting my partner in lockdown, she has encouraged me to see my family more and even takes me to see them. It is important to have that person who encourages you to do things than someone who doesn’t. Spending more time with my niece has been amazing and I couldn’t ask for a funnier, little girl.

11. You can’t please everyone.

Not everyone is going to like you and fixating on the people that are out of your life, rather than in your life, Is wrong. You have people who are willing to listen so why strive to please someone that doesn’t want to.

12. How to be a better boyfriend.

Kissing her on the forehead, making her a hot chocolate, creating a care package when she isn’t feeling well are just a few ways that you can show your appreciation for everything they do for you. Thank you, Laura. I hope to continue being your favourite.

13.How I’ve not been my true self, until now.

It’s been a strange journey over the past five-years, and I’ve experienced every emotion known to the human-race. It’s not until lately that I’ve been able to appreciate my true being and felt happy in my own shoes. I’ve had many opportunities that have sculpted the man I am today, and I’m most certainly thankful for those past mistakes that have made me…. Well, me.

14. Support local!

With the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on our economy, and the world, it is important to thing about the little businesses that have strived for success and have done everything in their power to survive. By locally sourced foods, eat at independent vendors, buy Yu-Gi-Oh cards at a local store, in my case – ha-ha! It is the best way to rebuild as small businesses are the backbone of our economy. #Supportlocalbusinesses

15. Be grateful for your life.

This past year has made me realise how easily life can be taken away from us as I’ve lost friends due to this pandemic. Even though they are no longer with us in person, they’ll always be with me. Rest peacefully Vicky and Joyce, I miss you. <3

Thank you for reading, let me know in the comments what you have learned over the past year.

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