Who is this person?

I enjoy blogging and try to do a weekly review of my life. Things I like to blog about: LGBT stuff (I am gay), HIV (I am undetectable), politics (I am a liberal and a Liberal Democrat), the gym and my jog-runs, trying to lose weight, technology (unfortunately I am not a geek but simply an enthusiast), reading fiction, learning new languages, cinema, grantmaking (my job), mental health, and spiritual/religious stuff. I used to keep a daily handwritten diary following¬†a really bad patch in my life, basically I had a breakdown, but then I realised I might as well keep one plus let the world read it! Am I an exhibitionist or a self-publicist? I don’t think so rather I believe in the value of communication and dialogue. And I get pleasure from writing. On a wider level this website allows me to broaden my digital knowledge – I quite like messing about with and changing it.

More about me… I’m in my forties and live in London. I was born and grew up here, indeed I’ve lived here all my life apart from 12 years in Brighton which ultimately I found too small town plus I got betrayed in the worst possible way by a man I felt an enormous amount for; pleased to say I am very happily married now to an amazing bloke. London is a great city although I am unhappy with some of the things that are happening to it like pricing out people who aren’t super rich. I want London (and a world) for everyone to be part of – young and old, rich and poor, able bodied and disabled, gay and straight, male and female, black and white.

As I get older I am realising the key things I want to do with my life which are:

  • Learn how to speak several languages fluently – currently concentrating on Spanish, French and German
  • Be far more proficient in digital including knowing how to code and create beautiful websites; I really believe in the power of digital to be innovative, transformational, and disruptive
  • Read extensively (I love reading particularly contemporary fiction) and I really should have a go at writing a book myself
  • Go to the gym regularly (each day would be a wonderful achievement) and get back to running; losing weight would be nice to go alongside this
  • Travel to lots of different places especially in Europe which I love
  • Eat and drink well – I like good food and good wine but without paying silly prices
  • Make sure the people I love (my beloved partner, family and friends) are all OK
  • Explore my spiritual side to reach my full potential as a human being
  • Do as little damage as possible to the environment because at the moment the Earth’s future is looking pretty dire

One of the big things in my life is trying to look after my health. I take eight meds each day (as long as I remember to) which deal with the fact I’m HIV+ and live with depression. I’ve also got very high cholesterol which is partly linked to some of the anti-retrovirals (ARVs) I take and I’m permanently on warfarin as I’ve got a genetic problem that means I develop pulmonary embolisms – blood clots on my lungs. ¬†Getting older also brings knee and Achilles problems plus generally muscles that pull too easily then take a while to repair themselves. Indeed learning how to age well is an experience in itself and something we all have to go through.

Of course, I need to point out on this blog and website that all views are totally my own, etc.

You can follow me as well on Facebook or Twitter (@billydann1)

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