“Why don’t you blog more?”

Well, here I am. Back at the helm. I have noticed that over the course of the last six months, I have been constantly saying “write a blog now!” and “get involved!”, when I haven’t been equaling the playing field. I feel it’s time to reimagine the blog and start contributing more time but this first blog is just an introduction into how I find it hard to dedicate time for blogging in my hectic schedule.

Blogging is what made the Lion’s Den what it is today and through starting this platform, I have connected with hundreds of individuals about their lives. I spoken to people about Tourette Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, OCD, PANS, PANDAS, FND, Adult-onset Tourette’s, tic disorders, gender-fluidity, the stigmas of non-binary, and so much more to the point where I’ve realised that even though I started this to showcase my own experiences, it has been other people educating me. It has allowed me to open my mind further and have such intelligent conversations with individuals of all ages, genders, cultures, and environments.

I’d like to start this blog by saying thank you to all that have made “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” what it is today. Thank you to the Hazel’s, the Georgia’s, the Danny’s, the Luke’s, the Ally’s, the Dom’s, the Nikki’s, the Sian’s, the Chelsea’s, the Konnor’s, the Tiana‘s, and everyone in between. Thank you. Thank you so very much.

Anyways, onto the blogging…

I wanted to discuss the effects of having a overworked, time-guzzling schedule can have on me and my tics. I believe that my mother passed down the trait of being a workaholic and my father passed down the creativity that I crave from my existence. As a human, I believe that people crave titles, whether that be CEO, Creative Director, Writer, Assistant Manager, or even titles such as Supervisor, and that is what strives human development in life. It shows progress and achievement in our existence. Now try thinking from my perspective. I am currently studying business management full-time at university, working full-time in hospitality, learning drums, managing a website and social platforms, trying to maintain a social life and spending as much time as I can with my girlfriend.

Just writing that made me dizzy.

Now let’s add the struggle of tic suppression which causes migraines and other health conditions. Mental health issues from constantly feeling like I’m falling behind academically, maintaining high-efficiency and ability at work, and then it equals neglect for my social life and my relationship.

Now for everyone’s favourite subject, maths…

There are 168 hours in a week…

Advised to have 8 hours of sleep every night, recommended to study 17 hours a week, 14 hours worth of lectures, tutorials and seminars, currently working 40 hours a week and 8 hours a week travelling via public transport… that equals 135 hours of my time is stolen every week. So I have 33 hours a week to spare and divide between cleaning, washing, seeing family, maintaining a social life, recreational activities, monitoring a website and social media platforms and make memories with my super supportive partner. It seems like a lot but that is just under 20% of my week remaining.

Excuse my language but “FUCK, THAT’S ROUGH.”

I will always put in 110% in life but it comes at a price. I know better than most that you should always put yourself first and focus on what is important to you. Money is replaceable but memories are not. Don’t let anyone tell you how to run your life. You are the best at being you, and no one can take that away from you.

I’m now taking action and reducing my hours at work, sleeping earlier and dedicating more time for my hobbies and family. I feel better in myself and excited to continue on with my education. I believe I’m destined for greatness and this is my first step into that world. Nothing is going to get in my way anymore.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more coming soon. I promise.

Dan is back, and better than ever.


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