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baeleron 42 points ago +42 / -0

I do something outdoors with the dogs. It's pretty hard to feel depressed when you're with pups.

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PITPatriot 3 points ago +3 / -0

Or just out in nature.

Spending 2 hours a week out in nature really helps reduce depression symptoms.

Getting out, moving around and doing what our ancestors did really clears the mind from the vexations of modern life.

I've found myself in the same boat - learning trade skills and fixing up an investment property is my new hobby that keeps me occupied.

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bonejack 32 points ago +34 / -2

You are more than likely depressed. Get out of your head. Start something new that takes up a lot of your time. New hobby, volunteering, whatever.

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bonejack 16 points ago +16 / -0

Went through something similar last year. I realized I was spending way too much time in my head. I just lost interest in most things. I started exercising and kept myself busy to snap out of it.

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vegeta_ban 13 points ago +13 / -0

Depression isn’t necessarily a sadness, lack of feeling anything from things you used to enjoy can be a sign of it too. Not a doctor, but I have had severe depression in the past.

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Guruchild 6 points ago +6 / -0

Depression and sadness are entirely separate things. Sadness is like oh no, my dog died. Depression is more like oh, my dog died, who cares, life sucks then we die.

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vegeta_ban 5 points ago +5 / -0

I started going back for my master’s degree and got a better job that didn’t treat me like shit. I’ve found keeping busy helped and I don’t need the medicine I used to be on years ago anymore.

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resoluteAction 7 points ago +7 / -0

All these activities have been wokened and have become corrupt and worthless.

Find people that think like you and get prepped.

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TheImpossible1 27 points ago +27 / -0

I feel this post on a whole other level.

I can't go back and watch things I used to like, I just see subtle feminism in everything, that all entertainment is enemy propaganda in some way.

I spend a lot of time researching stock and crypto to buy, mainly because one day the vax mandate will end my career.

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other_earther 27 points ago +27 / -0

You're fully awake. Congratulations welcome to Hell haha

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LordScatmanJohn 7 points ago +7 / -0

I feel that even more than OP's post.

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Verrerogo 18 points ago +19 / -1

My solution to everything: you don't have enough children.

That will take you out of yourself for sure, and you get something to show for it.

Most other activities, you aren't left with much to show for it.

It is the most complicated and yet also interesting thing in the world.

We are assuming you are up to speed religiously. G-d will guide you. But he won't want to be picked up or ride on your shoulders.

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Kmdub2 13 points ago +13 / -0

I was adopted, DO IT and give a kid a better life if at all possible!!

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Verrerogo 3 points ago +4 / -1

Maybe speak to your pastor. It's easier with two parents not one. See what the pastor can think of. Maybe you have a relative with so many kids that one could go live with you. It would be good to be in touch with someone to give you guidance, answer questions. A pediatrician does that sometimes.

Start reading.

Read about "early childhood." No one book is completely right, but reading gives you background and depth about this. Glance at the home schooling websites.

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Verrerogo 4 points ago +5 / -1

Good practice is a dog. It is easier to get a shelter dog who is a year and a half old, already house broken and over puppyhood.

If you think about what breed you would like, and phone the shelter, they will phone you back when they have that exact breed. Read up on the breeds online.

You might want a terrier. Or small poodle. You don't want an energetic hunting or working dog who needs to run a mile a day. You would want a dog whose coat did not need constant care. You might want to know there was a dog groomer not far away, and a veterinarian. And a trainer. Trainers are very useful.

That will get you used to a living thing that has needs and jumps around and will be guaranteed to make a mess sometimes.

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Sansa_Belt 3 points ago +3 / -0

What's your skill set? Could you tutor a young person? Even very basic things would be helpful. Home schooling has become much more frequent and popular. Brush up on a subject and let it be known that you will tutor for free or very little cost.

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Verrerogo 2 points ago +2 / -0

OK.

Have a few practice runs with someone else around. If there is such a mom you know and trust, recommended by the pastor, carefully vetted, you might have her over to your house with her child and husband too. You will observe by learning how she operates her relationship with the child, is constantly making sure it is doing what it ought to do and not doing what it ought not do. In little ways. Keeping it busy and interested and focused and feeling cheerful. There is a lot to learn.

In time a babysitting relationship might evolve.

The first time would be an hour only, the parents would be nearby in a coffee shop, and with cell phone checking in.

If you really get good at this you might have several families who looked to you for this, from church. Not for money.

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HikingPatriot 3 points ago +3 / -0

Try fostering a child in need first. Then decide if you want to adopt.

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advancedrescue 3 points ago +3 / -0

As a parent to a 17 month old girl, with a boy due in March, I don’t think anyone goes into it knowing what to do. Although I’m new to it, and haven’t hit the later milestones/hurdles, if you care/love for them, everything will work itself out. All the good parents don’t do the same things, but they are still good parents

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PITPatriot 2 points ago +2 / -0

The wife's friend is a foster mom. That's a good way to learn if you have it as a parent; a way to help the most vulnerable, and the state pays for expenses if you were worried about the financial aspect as well.

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ThisIsHowItStarts 17 points ago +18 / -1

It’s difficult to be entertained anymore, because the breadband circus are not working. I can’t watch The Voice anymore because John legend‘s on there and I know he’s a pedophile. I can’t watch regular TV, because every show has gay people, mixed racial couples, or they’re perpetrating the Covid lie. Can’t go to concerts because most of those guys are all pedophiles, and or they require their stupid vaccine passport. Yes what you’re feeling is perfectly normal, and is the exact response that you should be feeling. But now that you recognize it, get into gods word, find a Bible believing church, and a men’s or women’s Bible study which ever you are. Because there’s only two genders LOL!. Life will probably never be the same for a lot of us, but you could get yourself into something like crafts or making jewelry or working with guns, etc. in the end, Jesus wins, so focus on him. God bless you and good luck. Happy Thanksgiving.

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Clandestiny 13 points ago +13 / -0

I've been getting deeper into machining, molding, and casting. It's satisfying to be able to make things from chunks of metal.

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KilroyJCNJ 5 points ago +5 / -0

I have learned a lot from mrpete222 on (the dreaded enemy) YouTube, and bought a lathe in September

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Clandestiny 2 points ago +2 / -0

Haven't seen him before, thanks for the recommendation pede!

Have you checked out oxtoolco ?

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KilroyJCNJ 4 points ago +4 / -0

Ox, RobRenz, JoePy, FireballTool —- having our small business shut down last year with the Coof hoax meant I did a LOT of binge watching!

Mr Pete is a retired Shop teacher, and is excellent at conveying essential information complete with corny dad jokes.

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Clandestiny 2 points ago +2 / -0

Same! my ford boy is pretty good too :)

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KilroyJCNJ 4 points ago +4 / -0

Too bad YouTube is enemy territory —- so much good content held hostage there. . .

HotRod Addiction is good too

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Goozmania 3 points ago +3 / -0

Adblock means you're using YouTube's bandwidth and providing people views and subs, without giving YouTube anything in return.

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Clandestiny 2 points ago +2 / -0

Yeah, I really enjoy fireball tool :) And I was one of the ones saying he was filing wrong, lol!

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foom 11 points ago +11 / -0

It’s called “putting away childish things.”

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OoooJackieBlue 11 points ago +11 / -0

I garden. In every way possible. Wicking beds. Aquaponics. Airponics. Hydroponics. Old skool dirt gardening. Start from seeds or clones. Work on creating stupid hot peppers or growing weird shit or giant pumpkins. Grow enough to feed the rabbits and chickens while I'm at it. All in a large back yard.. The challenge takes my mind off the crazy plus I end up with food.

That and concrete. I've become hooked on concrete projects from walkways to a cool rocket stove I just finished. Just find some hobby you know zero about but find interesting and get busy.

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TeaMug71 1 point ago +1 / -0

What about that rocket stove you mentioned, what is that?

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OoooJackieBlue 1 point ago +1 / -0

It's a small burner for a single pot (or wok) that uses minimal fuel like twigs, and used a draft to fuel the burn. They burn so hot they're almost smokeless. Saw a lot of them in the Philippines and there's a lot of YT videos on how to make them. I made one using a 5 gallon pickle bucket for the form and 2 sacks of quickrete. Portland and sand would have been prettier but it works. Handy for a power outage and no charcoal or propane needed.

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TeaMug71 1 point ago +1 / -0

Cool, thanks for the info. Have you looked into wood gasifiers?

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OoooJackieBlue 1 point ago +1 / -0

Yeah there's a guy goes by Mr Teslonian (prob spelling it wrong) on YT who built an insane one that powers all kinds of stuff. Little beyond my skillset but my husband could build one if I nagged him heh.

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Voiceofreason72 7 points ago +7 / -0

Those are great ideas. It's all good fren, and perfectly normal. Growth and transition.

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Batdon 7 points ago +7 / -0

I'm in the same boat. It's hard to enjoy things when the world is crumbling. I don't have any answers. But regarding the depression, I know what depression feels like, and I'm not depressed, either. I just don't enjoy things the way I used to when I could plan for the future with hopes of achieving my goals. Now it's just day to day.

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TeaMug71 5 points ago +5 / -0

Yeah, not depressed....just cynical, that’s me anyway. The level of wokeness, ignorance and brainwashing seems insurmountable.

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FBIacct8057 7 points ago +7 / -0

Do something challenging. None of the things you mentioned require any effort. Only doing something hard and rewarding can fulfill you.

I used to love entertaining myself with friends, now I just feel like I'm wasting my time with that stuff.

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GnatSpeed 6 points ago +6 / -0

I think I can relate. I need exercise!

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Joejoeandthehoehoe 6 points ago +6 / -0

Try something artsy. Crochet knitting painting making jewelry woodwork pottery leather etc

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Friend_of_John_Galt 6 points ago +6 / -0

Yeah me too. I find I like things that produce results more, like a green thumb I never knew I had or writing.

The Bible study idea was probably from the Holy Spirit, I wouldn't sidestep that one. There's a ton of previously non-religious people questioning the spiritual nature of what's happening. It's not a coincidence.

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PonySoldier66 5 points ago +5 / -0

I blame Alec Baldwin

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Random_Dude 5 points ago +5 / -0

I’ve had similar experiences. There is a podcast called art of manliness that touches on this in several episodes, particularly the episode on addiction. Basically, life needs highs and lows. When everything is easy, nothing is satisfying. As a modern people, we have no real struggles. Things are very good 24/7 and it makes us unable to enjoy things that are really good. It is my understanding that tasks that are hard, unpleasant, meaningful, or rewarding make the rest of life seem better. Just because you can have life delivered to your door via Amazon prime doesn’t mean you should. Or as Peterson would say, do what is meaningful, not what is expedient.

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4022a 5 points ago +5 / -0

You're dopamine starved. Get away from all dopamine triggering events for one month.

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Goozmania 4 points ago +4 / -0

When you find out, let me know... The last 2 years + this website have made me absolutely miserable. While a lot of people seem content complaining here and then going back to their lives, I'm being eaten alive inside.

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coolhandcuke 4 points ago +4 / -0

Maybe a local animal shelter. Most of the cats and dogs there in my experience are really grateful that someone wants to spend time with them.

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hikertrashkag 4 points ago +5 / -1

I highly recommend doing some overnight backpacking. Start with day hikes if you're new to all of it. There's nothing better than nature to help with your mental health.

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FustercluckArmy 4 points ago +4 / -0

Welcome! All are welcome to the realm of righteous boredom!!

I'm in pretty much the same boat I guess. I've taken up watching foreign teevee shows and movies with subtitles. It's from a region I hope to move to eventually and will need to know the language anyway, plus there aren't hardly any fags or other commie propaganda aspects to the stories. Just stories and characters, doing things on a screen that I find entertaining like it used to be.

And I have a macaw who is a pretty decent companion critter. Other than that, I could suggest you go to the one drawer you have with all the random shit in it, choose 5 random objects, and make something new out of them.

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FreedomFromGovt 4 points ago +4 / -0

Synchromysticism is a helluva thing: one of my students just sent me this link out of the blue and, strangely, it might be useful to you. It's called "7 Ways to Maximize Misery". Perhaps you'll find it useful for identifying what you're doing wrong.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LO1mTELoj6o

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Choomguy 4 points ago +4 / -0

The woods man. Learn the cycle of nature. You cant spend a few hours in the woods and not feel better, promise.

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pepeConductor 4 points ago +4 / -0

Work on learning a skill. A new language or instrument. Try to create instead of consume. I'm working on my mandarin, so I can shit talk wumaos in their mother tongue.

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Kmdub2 4 points ago +4 / -0

Learn your local history. Search private land for arrowheads or depending on where you live, Revolutionary or Civil War Artifacts. Find antique bottle dumps. Don't take any pharmaceuticals for depression

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IllEagle 4 points ago +4 / -0

I got to that point too.

Build something. Just take on a project. Something you can reasonably do, mostly on your own. I started with a motorcycle. I'm still doing it, but it's so much more interesting than any of the other bullshit.

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OldMoscowRules 4 points ago +4 / -0

I felt the same way you do for quite a while. I started exercising again, reading, and watching old shows and movies. Like really old shows and movies. I still can’t read stuff like Kevin O’Donell’s combat histories of the Revolution. Stuff like that still makes me too sad when I think of where the country is right now. Pray a lot…then pray some more. You’ll come through this and so will the country.

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CascadianQueen 4 points ago +4 / -0

Husband suggests... yes knots.. Square knot Loop knot Why not Why the hell not Ihope not Not today Notty or nice Notty nurse Ishityyou not

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KilroyJCNJ 1 point ago +1 / -0

Not bad 🤣😂🤣

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Shmioighan 3 points ago +3 / -0

Read and otherwise waste time, sometimes try to learn or understand something. Store up a crap ton of books/games/old movies/music/etc. to fill in time when moods take me. Wish I could do more. I keep likening it to feeling like a zoo animal kept in the wrong exhibit - everything feels off to the point of distraction at best or distress at worst.

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ZGreenthumb 3 points ago +3 / -0

I turned to planting fruit trees, starting gardens, and now raising chickens. Really gives peace and a deeper connection to life than I could have imagined.

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fat50 3 points ago +3 / -0

Learn woodworking. It's a great way to pass time and keep your mind engaged.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCNgrOR8FEU

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EvilGuy 3 points ago +3 / -0

I spend my free time learning how to do new shit. Really eats up the hours in the day.

Recently I learned how to turn just about anything into pure alcohol using a pretty cheap still I got off the much hated Amazon.

Next up is getting much better at welding. I have some projects in mind that are going to require some very strong welds and I would rather not rely on someone else to do them.

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HiddenDekuScrub 3 points ago +3 / -0

Don't overthink it. We've all come to realize that the entertainment industry we knew is disgustingly corrupt propaganda. It may not have always been. But it is now. And propaganda isn't worth watching.

I feel the same. But at the same time, it doesn't feel like life is without meaning or entertainment. I have a kid who always gives me smiles. I started a tea set collection, started reading old books I never got around to, started learning new recipes, etc. There's also a few MMOs out there (Mostly Korean) that have based communities.

If you just want to sit down and enjoy a movie or TV show again without being preached at, start looking into anime. Tokenism is nearly non-existent.

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Charles_Manson_Media 3 points ago +3 / -0

make moonshine

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RJ_CPA 3 points ago +3 / -0

Outdoor activities, don't let the weather be an excuse!!

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Shalomtoyou 2 points ago +2 / -0

I still do the video games. Sometimes with a glass of wine. At this point it's more like taking a tranquilizer.

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Coolgenner 2 points ago +2 / -0

Take up guns and shooting.

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JoseyMontana 2 points ago +2 / -0

You're becoming "K=ified" per Anonymous Conserviative's r/K Selection Theory.

https://www.anonymousconservative.com/blog/the-theory-2/

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RoofKorean 2 points ago +2 / -0

I draw portraits. Maybe you can pick up an art hobby on the side?

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LoobintheToobin 2 points ago +2 / -0

Ezekiel 3:10-11 (NLT) 10 Then he added, “Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself. 11 Then go to your people in exile and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says!’ Do this whether they listen to you or not.”

God bless you as you grow closer to Him. Storing up Treasures in the right place.

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Ep1ctetus 2 points ago +2 / -0

Nature/outdoors. Strength training. Classic literature. Ancient philosophy. Play the guitar. Listen to music. Volunteer.

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ATK69 2 points ago +2 / -0

Hobbies. Find one.

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Goobillypoo 2 points ago +2 / -0

I went with crypto currency. Extra money and sticking it to the fiat system can whittle hours of my day away.

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ObamaSUCKSdicks 2 points ago +2 / -0

You have found meaning, it’s a good thing.

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Uh-hickabuh 2 points ago +2 / -0

Read books

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Diamondback 2 points ago +2 / -0

Downhill mountain biking. It has everything. Nature, getting away from people, speed, danger and you get to learn how to do things that you didn't know before. I guess you could work out, but it's hard to go fast doing that.

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greatswamp 2 points ago +3 / -1

You mentioned you can't enjoy books

what a retarded thing to say. Sorry for being harsh, but its true

If you are not enjoying books its because youre reading the wrong books

Personally, I have been reading a lot of biographies to get a better understanding of US history (reading about guys like Clay, Jackson, Calhoun, Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, Kennedy, Teddy Roosevelt, etc).

There is so much material out there. Next on my list is Rome (the backdrop of America's Constitution) and then after that Chyna - to get an idea on what they are trying to do to destroy our country and turn it into a satellite chinese province so that I can better understand how to counter it.

If youre not enjoying reading, youre reading stupid books.

Also, I know we should get rid of netflix, but my family are all normies or libs, so I can watch from their account. There are genuine good shows on there if you just want to relax. Watch history series or series inspired by history (you can't cancel or make woke ancient Europe, you seriously just can't. And if they do you know its not worth watching. But most shows about or based on history are not wokified, even on netflix).

You definitely should look to get involved in your local church and community too, though. What is most important is focusing on you and building skills and intelligence. That's why I have been focusing on history, you learn a lot from it.

Camping and hiking is another option. If I had money I'd be looking into kayaking too.

I'm sure there are plenty of hobbies you've gone in and out of through life. For example, I used to play the saxophone. If I had the time I'd pick that up again. Maybe you used to work on cars with your dad or do woodworking in your spare time in the past. Pick it up again.

Make yourself great again. From there, you can make your family great, then you community great, and then, God willing, you state and country great.

Read into books on Christianity too. Even if you already have a faith, build it stronger or learn more about the theories that support reasonable faith.

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