Four months ago, Crumlin Star midfielder Joe McNeill was hoping to celebrate Amateur League title success before flying off to Mexico to get married.
Now, the former Portadown and Cliftonville man does not know if the League will be played out and was forced to postpone the wedding for 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, a family bereavement put things in perspective for the Ardoyne Youth Worker.
"My grandmother Lily sadly died on Tuesday and was buried on Friday," says McNeill.
"She was 89, was a strong woman all her days, had a good life and we are grateful for that.
"I was due to fly out to Cancun on Thursday to get married, but sometimes things are meant to be the way they are. I would have hated to be in Mexico when my grandmother was being buried.
"There were meant to be 40 of us flying over, but it was an easy decision to postpone the wedding. I wouldn't have been happy asking all those people to put themselves at risk flying across the world in the middle of a global crisis.
"I'm philosophical about it. The way I try to look at it is it gives us time to put a few more quid in the bank for the wedding next year."
On the field of play, Crumlin Star were in a thrilling three-way battle with East Belfast and Ballynahinch Olympic for the Amateur League Premier Division title before Covid-19 ended play prematurely in March.
The club veteran admits he does not know when he will kick a competitive ball again but reveals he and many of his team-mates have been training on their own throughout lockdown with the help of social media.
"There is lots of stuff out there on social media to help players keep up the training despite the lockdown restrictions, on Instagram and the like," he explains.
"Steven Gerrard has a training schedule, Arjen Robben is another, lots of top professionals were showing us what they were doing to keep in shape, so it was really easy to follow. I think this lockdown period has been an excellent opportunity for all of us to use the time to find new training methods, or to educate ourselves better in different fields, for all of us, not just footballers.
"Myself and my brother have also been training at Ballysillan Leisure Centre, so we have been doing our bit to use the time as wisely as we can."
McNeill is wily enough to know that it is up to each individual player how he looks after himself and has a maxim to ward off the inevitable temptations that come with the good weather.
"The way I look at it is you have to earn a few beers at the weekend. I do my training all through the week then, on a Saturday night, certainly I'll have a bit of a blow out or a barbecue if the weather is good. But then you have to get back at it and work off the beers or the food during the week again," he says.
"Motivation is up to the individual and most of our boys have been good. At amateur level, of course you are going to get guys who are more motivated than others.
"Some players rely on their talent and will only start training again three weeks before we are due to play and they'll be complaining if the manager doesn't pick them. It has been a tough time and different people and players will react in different ways."
As a director of a social enterprise in North Belfast, the 31-year-old is acutely aware of the impact lockdown can have on the community, and particularly young people, but cannot see youth clubs reopening anytime soon.
Safe social contact is vital for mental health, for people of all ages, and McNeill reveals a novel way he and his neighbour have found to keep their spirits up.
"My neighbour and I get on well, so we decided to take away a panel of fencing that separates our back gardens," he says.
"That way, we can sit in the sun at a safe social distance and have our normal craic."