So when did you first learn about BTC and cryptocurrency? I believe the first time I heard about Bitcoin was in 2013, there was some mainstream media stories about a Norwegian man who had bought $22 worth of BTC in 2009 which I think bought him 5,000 coins and then completely forgot about it. I guess that is the best way to HODL? When he finally remembered he cashed out for $850,000.
However, I did not really become interested how crypto worked or hold any coin until much much later.