Just thought I'd start a thread about what I've been up to recently. Any comments and suggestions are welcome.
So here goes ...
I'm interested in enrolling for a master's degree and I've almost completed it. I just need one more reference, plus I need to sort out the finances.
I'd been claiming universal credit for 2 years after graduating from uni. I did some voluntary work at Cancer Research UK in 2017, from Feb to Oct.
If the job centre offered me paid work I couldn't refuse it. So from Oct last year until the present I've been working in a warehouse. The money's better that benefits but the work is mind-numbingly boring and repetitive. But at least I'm earning an honest wage and paying the bills.
Since the work is pretty boring, I thought I'd have some kind of hobby outside work. I've always been interested in languages so in December I decided I would try to learn Arabic.
I chose this language because my only knowledge of Arabic words had been those related to extremist Muslims - 'mujahideen', terrorists shouting 'Allahu akbar!', 'Al-Khilafah', etc. - and so I thought it would be sad if I didn't try to understand or get to know ordinary Arabic speakers by learning their language.
I also chose it because it is a challenge - it's so different compared to English. Some sounds are difficult to pronounce - I have particular difficulty in pronouncing the Arabic consonant ʿayn. I recognise it when I hear it but getting it right when saying it is a nightmare!
I only know a few phrases and words but I've already learnt to read and write the Arabic alphabet, thanks to this lady, Maha Yakoub (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RcgfyuBlz8). She's a Palestinian Arab who is Christian and is fluent in Arabic, English, Hebrew and Italian. If I'm going to continue a proper study of Arabic, I need to buy myself a decent teach yourself book, complete with dvds, and work through that as best I can.
As for my beliefs or lack of them, I accept evolution and don't believe in God. I dislike organised religion and strongly believe government should regulate it. I have recently been feeling like 'what's the point of life' - a bit like some of Punkofnice's comments. I need to get my head together and convince myself that my life is precious, like all of your lives.