Name: Matthew

Social Media Handle/Username: @TheNames_Batman

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: I go by Matt or Matthew, and I’m a library worker, student, investor, gamer, and cat dad. I wear many hats, as we all do.

What Inspires You Every day? : Inspiration isn’t an easy thing to find on a daily basis. Sometimes, the want of just getting up is enough. I do have this need to succeed, to make people proud, and to help make the world better, and that tends to be the main inspiration for most of what I do though.

What is some words of wisdom you live by?: There are few things worth getting upset over. You can’t be asked for much more than trying as much as you can. Be true to you and everything else will fall where it needs to. And, my personal favorite, scared money don’t make money.

What is your ultimate goal in life? : Ultimately, being happy. It’s not as easy as we like to make it out to be, and all of us have our own happiness to find.

How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : You know, not too bad really. I’m pretty much a homebody anyway, so staying at home isn’t the hardest thing to do. I went about 10 months of doing things right before catching the virus. It was brutal from start to finish, so please wear your masks, wash your hands, distance, and stay home!

What is a message you would like to give others? : Be kind to yourself so you can be kind to others. You can’t help anyone until you’ve taken care of yourself. I’ve only just learned this recently, joining the LGBTQIA+ community, exploring my gender identity, being more open. It’s new territory, but if I don’t do this for me, who is going to? And if I learn things that I can pass on, it’s certainly worth it.

What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: I’ve made mistakes, as we all have. Just make sure to learn or grow from them. Even if they’re baby steps. Starting somewhere is more important than not starting at all.

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