Wednesday, June 4

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

Being unemployed sucks. It’s been around two months now and I'm starting to feel the unpleasantness. I arrived in New Zealand in January, travelled until April, found a place to stay and I've been looking for work since. The first couple of months were fine. Many a time I was bored, but I somewhat enjoyed the freedom and time. Unlimited video games and movies? Yes please. Now things have changed.

The lack of day to day goals, challenges, team work and the feeling that you are contributing nothing of value to society is straining. Over the last few days I've felt afflicted by a feeling of malaise. To combat these feelings I'm pushing myself to keep occupied and challenged in the following ways:
  • Get out of the house every morning/afternoon, if only for a walk
  • Get out of the house during the evening
  • Socialise with existing friends
  • Embrace any opportunity to get out of the house and meet new people
  • Write blog posts more frequently to give me a sense of achievement and progression
  • Take up a sport or activity

For instance today my schedule looked like this:
  • Do laundry
  • Apply for jobs
  • Plan activities during the week
  • Arrange with friends to hang out
  • Go for a walk and get a snack and shopping supplies
  • Hang out with friends during the evening for an arts exhibition
  • Go to a bar to meet other friends

I still have far too much down time, but it’s keeping me sane just now. I’m afraid that if I stop, I will die.