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Re: TW: Re: Social Isolation

Hello @Bento, I am glad to hear that you have been spending your time writing a story. I hope that you are finding this relaxing and I am sure that you are doing a great job at expressing your ideas Smiley Happy

By the sounds of it, you have spend a bit of time thinking about whether or not to continue with your TAFE course. It can be very satisfying to make a final decision when something has been on your mind for a while, I hope that you have found this to be true for you. It sounds like you are quite interested in drawing and writing. Would you be able to speak to a career advisor at your uni about some other courses that you could possibly take in these areas?

It sounds like you have some plans for the future, I hope that you are able to get a stall at a convention. That sounds like an awesome plan! Moving houses can be very hard, especially if you will need to change schools. Would you feel comfortable talking to your mum a bit more about the way that you are feeling about moving?
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Re: TW: Re: Social Isolation

Hello again; so a couple of things. First, I don’t have to worry about moving for this year since that’s not enough time for my sister to move out, which has bought me some time. I don’t know if I’ve clarified this, but I have decided to withdraw from the course since it wasn’t really going where I’d hoped, I wanted to learn more drawing skills but I wasn’t really learning stuff I wanted to and chances are the certificate id get wouldn’t really be used for anything. I don’t think I’m experienced or versatile enough at art to be a freelance graphic designer, for now it’ll just have to be a pet project. For now, I want to look for work in retail just so I have something to keep me occupied daily and I can make some extra money while I still work on hobbies. I don’t know when places will go back to hiring but I hope this situation hasn’t made getting a job even harder for me, because it was already really hard searching and I feel embarrassed that I’m 21 and a half and still unemployed. I feel like there’s so much pressure for people my age to get their lives together right away before it’s too late; even in the midst of a pandemic making it harder for everyone there’s still that stress even if I can’t do anything about it now.

It’s almost June so the year will be halfway over in a month, but right now I just want to get it over with. I knew this would be a really tense year that I had to get over with, so at least I wasn’t too disappointed. But my hot take is that I still think this years been better than last year. Sure there’s a lot of disadvantages to this year, but at least there’s been more good environmental news, at least for Victoria, and the virus has at least distracted the public from all the other tensions in the world beforehand. I hope when things go back to “normal”, it’ll be a better normal than the one before. Right now I feel really tense about the US election getting closer, and I don’t think I can deal with it. I know I shouldn’t be worrying about the future so much, but it seems to be very common among people, which is a very damaging message to teach people as it encourages them to worry about things they can’t help at the cost of their mental wellbeing.

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Re: TW: Re: Social Isolation

Heya @Bento thanks for the update on how you've been. It's good to hear that you have some extra time on your hands in terms of moving house! It sounds like you've got a good plan worked out to stay creative and focused on hobbies, whilst also thinking of how to be financially stable as well. It can be really hard to get the balance right with that! 

 

You raised something I think a lot of people would be struggling with at the moment. In a lot of ways, it feels like life has been put on hold this year due to the pandemic but those societal pressures to have met certain milestones by a particular age, is still there. 

 

Also, I can relate in terms of stressing over world news. Is there anything you do that helps you switch off from that kinda stuff? 

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I think when I’m worried about stuff or just going through a rough time emotionally, it helps to be out doing something as a distraction. That’s presented a bit of a problem right now, but with more places slowly reopening as it hopefully gets a bit safer, I hope I can do some of the stuff I wanted to soon, but I’ve also started writing my fiction recently. It’s a bit slow right now, but I’ve been trying to get back into it by writing a bit each time I sit down at the computer.

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Hello @Bento , it sounds like you have a lot of insight into your feelings and about what helps when you need to look after yourself! That is a great skill to have Heart. It is a shame to hear that some of your strategies have been impacted by the current situation, I hope that you have found something just as great to do in the meantime. It is good to hear that you have made the most of this situation by using this time to get some writing done. Well done on staying focused and determined in these times. Heart By the sounds of it, you have some great activities planned for when the restrictions ease (which is happening soon apparently!)