Each day is a new day, and time is how we spend it. I gave up on religion as it doesn't make sense to me once I learned about the universe and our place in it. Jewish ethnic American gay atheist a few years older than you, retired for years, living in Las Vegas, with my old cat and have several friends locally much younger than me, and family in other cities. We each have our story, our life path, our mistakes and failures, our successes, our attributes, our flaws. Alone or with friends each day is my choice and I live the gift of life and respect humanity, nature, the environment, and the most important things we have are our integrity and self-esteem. I don't worry about tomorrow nor apologize for things I have no control over.
Each day is fresh and differs by the weather and anything I have to get done. My parents are still living, and I'll fly out and visit in early January and see my great-niece for the first time, now a few months old, and my other family on the east coast of the US.
I telephone weekly.
People build their own prisons, blame themselves and punish themselves. I refuse to do it any more.
Social situations? What makes anyone better than me? I'm happy to be me, glad to meet anyone, and if someone has a issue with it, that's their problem. I'm reasonably generous with my time and resources. I respect people to do as they wish as long as not harming others. As Pope Francis said, "Who am I to judge?". You should decide and watch and listen to the comedy in film and song and performers because nobody should take themselves too seriously.
Alcohol and other drugs are only a way to hide. It's good that you cut back to live life.
What's normal? If you aren't a harm to society, you are free to be you. There are enough really nutty people living in fear and attacking others for one thing or another.
I've never been to Australia, though I have gotten as far as China and Japan. Australia is on my bucket list.
The best I can tell you is to find happiness and don't worry so much about other people that you have no control over.
Find the things you enjoy. Respect the world we share. Judge individuals personally as you wish, but don't box and group people.
Don't worry about Christmas Day.
There was nobody named Jesus Christ. It's a moniker after a double translation. The name Jesus is an English pronunciation of Old Greek which was the closest they could write for Old Hebrew Yeshua or Yashua of Nazareth, which is a truncation of the Hebrew for God Saves, referring to whom they considered the Jewish Messiah, and a Christ, of which there were several, is a holy person. From this the concept of the Trinity was formed because it was blasphemy to worship an individual over God as the First Commandment and is really meant then meant to be one of the three faces of God. Detailed analysis of the New Testament by biblical scholars concludes the person referred to was born in late September. The trappings of Christmas meant to honor him, are borrowed from the winter pagan festival Saturnalia and various commercial interjections.
If you think I'm crazy, look into each statement. I don't claim there wasn't a person. I claim we really don't know his given name and December 25th is a selected day. Some people concluded he was born in March or April.
Here is one analysis:
How December 25 Became Christmas
Figure out what you enjoy, and who in family or friends enjoys your company.
Celebrate each day and explore the wonders the world and humanity have to offer.
Don't take anything too seriously. And, to me, age is a number.
Keep the fire burning inside. Don't let life become an ember.
Don't complain unless you really are wronged.
Respect the sharing of the planet.
Find peace and happiness.
December 25th is just another day, and for me, it is tomorrow, or in 7 hours.
When at Walmart this morning to get a couple of keys copied, I saw some fresh roasted chickens, so I bought 4 and dropped off two of them at friends on the way home. I did it not for Christmas, but instead because they looked good and I need no reason to buy roasted chickens and give them away to people who I knew were home. I do what I want, when I want, because I want to do it. I expect nothing in return, but do get good comments back. Do something nice. It probably will make you feel good doing it.