Sorry I’ve been so quiet on here. As you all know, I have finally finished my degree and will (hopefully) be graduating next month! I guess my mind is kind of lost at the moment and I feel as though I need to get everything out there. This post is not intended to offend anybody, these are my thoughts being put down on paper (metaphorically).
University? Completed it. 🎓🥂🎉 pic.twitter.com/MyLeX3f0SH
— Daniel Bird (@dddanadine) May 31, 2017
It’s crazy to think that four years ago I was sat revising on the train home from a One Direction show and was thinking about giving up and quitting uni, I am honestly so glad I didn’t.
1/10 students drop out of Uni apparently. That 1 student is likely to be me.
— Daniel Bird (@dddanadine) October 20, 2013
Not only did I learn so much about the subjects I studied, I learnt a lot about me. It’s no secret that I fought anorexia and I won – something which I am not ashamed to admit, it made me the person I am today. More about my battle and recovery can be read here, on the Granada ITV News website.
University also introduced me to a group of friends who will be friends for life. I’m sure of that (if they can put up with me)! Those friends have been there through some incredibly tough times and I honestly can’t thank them enough. I can’t forget some of the memories we have created.
— Daniel Bird (@dddanadine) September 28, 2013
— Daniel Bird (@dddanadine) March 3, 2016
— Daniel Bird (@dddanadine) January 14, 2017
Whilst I was in my first year of uni, my baby cousin was born – which I couldn’t have been happier about. Looking back, it’s crazy to see just how much he has grown up and become such a little character. From telling me I’m his bestfriend and adventures with each other, each day I find myself being more and more fascinated by him and just how clever he is. I only know the names for three dinosaurs yet he can name about twenty, as well as every planet and hold a conversation with anybody.
As my graduation and 22nd birthday approaches, I cannot deny that I have changed on the inside as well as the outside. I went to uni being somewhat coldhearted and I’ve left feeling emotional over the slightest thing. I recently saw a psychic and he said “you were brutal with the truth” and I still am to a certain extent, but I feel a lot more than I have previously. I’m more aware of peoples emotions and have more time to think about the world.
So much has changed in the world too, with a sudden rise in terrorist attacks, xenophobia and racism, it saddens me that my baby cousin and my own children will be growing up in a completely different world than me. The only attacks I heard of whilst growing up were the tragic events of 9/11 in New York and 7/7 in London. Whereas it seems that there is an attack almost every week now. Thousands of innocent lives are lost because of a small minority within society which upsets me beyond belief. How can people justify such actions? As a society, we are all equal, regardless of our race, age, sexuality, religion, gender, ethnic background and class. It is time we should be remembering this, instead of spreading hatred and anger – spread peace. Is world peace too much to ask for?
I guess what I’m trying to say is, regardless of what you might think of somebody, whether you disagree with their ideologies, what they believe in, their sexuality or gender – we all hold the same position. We are human, a creation by God. We should love one another and be there for each other.
If you’ve managed to read this without getting bored, share the tweet below:
Go promote love, not hatred or anger.
— Daniel Bird (@dddanadine) June 13, 2017
Much love. x