Hey LC, I'm going to be replying to your post to me and also to Zeal, so sorry if I jump around a bit!
I'm just trying to play scales. I also hated scales back then but for some reason I always liked arpeggios. I guess it was just a matter of liking the progression of scales, but they were too long, so arpeggios struck that nice medium :) Cool, I think the local community orchestra at my place takes AMEB 6 and above, so it sounds like once you get back into it, a community orchestra could be the way to go :) And I think community bands would have lower requirements since they have more clarinets.
Oh I'm very impressed that you're doing arts and law and you're able to focus. What do you want to do later? I was doing economics and arts but dropped the arts when I got a job. I really liked philosophy and politics though. What language were you studying and are you keeping it up? Do you think you'd ever want to go into academia? It sounds like you really love learning which is amazing (so do I!).
Ah...I'm sorry to hear about the hallucination. I dont' know much about it. I take it it doesn't happen anymore?
Haha she sounds lovely and very cute. How old is she? My dog is such a sulker if we dont play with him. He stops dropping the toys in front of us and drops himself instead then licks the floor.
Fun runs sound like a really good idea. I've always been a fan of running because it helps me clear my head. It's mindless enough that I dont' think, but mindful enough that I'm not entirely disengaged. I've run a half marathon every year the past 3 years, but I prefer the 5-10km distance.
Yeah, I do the same as you. For me, I lump people either into my worst enemies or my best friends. Even strangers get dumped into one or the other after minutes of talking which is okay for a friendship, usually, but makes the whole dating thing almost impossible. And most of my friends just get me now, so thats okay. Everyone else ditched, haha. I tried tinder for a bit but it was really annoying. No one seemed to want to connect emotionally, but it was probably also just taht I wanted to connect too soon! I've heard about the creepiness from a female's perspective, so I'm just glad I'm male, haha. Have you tried going to any meet up groups to make new friends? I've started going to a writing meet up group and it's nice.