Today, I went to the Birmingham-based meet up for young people hosted by the Brain Tumour Charity. You might recognise the name from various bits of fundraising for them – my friend Lucy ran the Great North Run for them, my brother Dave organised ‘DaveFest’ and gave them some funds and I used my Facebook fundraiser on the charity’s behalf. I’ve been meaning to get along to one of their meet ups for a while but this was the first one I’ve been to.
I was quite nervous beforehand – I’m not very good at socialising, especially with people I don’t already know, and I haven’t done anything like that for a while. I’m absolutely fine with talking in front of large groups of people but in smaller groups where I don’t know anyone, and I’m trying to come across as somebody you might want to be friends with, I either babble far too much or go near-silent – both are attempts to avoid being weird, and I usually fail! Fortunately, we were allowed and encouraged to take a plus one along, a family member, friend or partner, so I dragged my brother along for moral support! I needn’t have worried though – everyone I spoke to was lovely and welcoming.
The meet up started at Meeple Mayhem and then we went on to Fogo Bar and Kitchen for lunch. Playing Cards Against Humanity with people you have only just met is either very brave or very dangerous!
I can definitely recommend the food at Fogo – handling a large group of people all at once is difficult but I really enjoyed my meal, even if it was a bit too big for me to manage. Other people’s food looked nice too!
Socialising doesn’t come easily to me but today was fun and refreshing – I definitely would like to go to another event if there’s one I can make. It’s also great to see a group that is aimed at young adults – so many things are either for children or older people that it can feel a bit isolating being in your 20s with a brain tumour diagnosis.
If you want to find out more about the Brain Tumour Charity, please look here!
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