Abigail:  There is no fast track to life.

Name: Abigail

Social Media Handle/Username: @Blabsigail

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: I am a 22 year old film student originally from the West Midlands, UK, but in the past year or so moved to Manchester to study my degree. In my free time I enjoy writing, gaming and streaming. I love writing so much so that I have ended up making it something I do through commissions, this is mainly fictional writing, however I am not opposed to factual writing if someone wishes me to do so.

I took up gaming many years ago, but recently took up streaming as I don’t get out much, due to multiple disabilities such as my anxiety, Fibromyalgia and also a liver disease. These are just a few of what is wrong with me, if I listed everything, we’d be here forever! But streaming has helped my confidence in more ways than one, at first I couldn’t talk on stream and had no camera whatsoever, then as time went by, I managed to finally talk on my stream to interact with my viewers. And finally, up to where I am now, I am not only on microphone, but also on camera!

What Inspires You Every day? : As cliché as it may sound, my family inspire me. That includes my parents, my fiancé and his side of the family too. My Mom especially, she has always stuck by me in the toughest times and has always wanted the best for me. My fiancé always has my back, he’s always encouraging me to do things that I am unsure/worried about, because he knows there’s many opportunities in life that I have turned down due to my anxiety getting the best of me. He makes me a better person.

What is some words of wisdom you live by?: There is no fast track to life. You may sit there and look at the people around you and feel like you are way behind them. Whether it be them getting their dream job, getting married, starting a new family etc. But everyone works at their own pace, the things you want in life will come to you when the time is right. As well as there being no fast track to life, I also live by the words of “Good things come to those who wait.” When it’s time, the things you need will enter your life, you just have to wait for the right time.

What is your ultimate goal in life? : I want to be successful enough to be financially comfortable. Rich? That’d be nice, but that’s wishful thinking and being a little too hopeful. So I’d like to say I’d want to be financially comfortable, at a point where I don’t have to worry about what money is coming out of my account, don’t have to worry about bills being paid, having to not choose between eating for the week or staying warm/having electric. But I’d also at some point be able to give back to those that helped me to be where I am today and possibly in the future. I want to be able to give back to my mother especially. Our dream has always been to be able to afford a big house, with lots of land, adopt a bunch of animals from shelters or other animals in need and just live happy with no worries in life. That’s where my end goal lies.

How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : I thought at first it was going to be great, because hey, I didn’t have to make excuses on why I can’t go somewhere anymore. But as time went on, the fact the choice of being able to go out and do certain things were taken away from me (And everyone else as a whole) kind of brought me down. I don’t even want to think of the sort of headspace I’d be in if it weren’t for me living with my fiancé and his family right now whilst I’m away at University. I have a lot to thank them all for, that’s for sure.

What is a message you would like to give others? : Another cliché saying but, do to others as you would have them do to you. Treat people with the utmost respect and kindness, you never know, you may just make someone’s day or save someone’s life without realising it. It doesn’t cost anything to be kind after all. It can be as simple as a small smile as you walk past, a smile can go a long way sometimes! But also, don’t do kind deeds if you’re expecting something back in return, whether it be buying someone a gift or something else.

What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: Although I have my struggles due to so many of my disabilities stopping me from, what I like to consider, being ‘normal’ and living a ‘normal life’, I still haven’t let it stop me completely. I fight through as much as I can, I fight through the chronic pain until I can’t anymore, I fight through the sickness and I fight through the dark days, because I know there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. The tunnel may be long, it may be short, but there’s always light at the end. You just have to make the journey there, no matter how long and hard it is. And I hope people are able to think like this also, people who suffer with chronic illnesses, both physical and mental, because it’s a thought process that has saved me many times.

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