It's great to hear from you again, and thank you for your wishes. I'm doing well down in Victoria, and to be honest getting a little sick of lockdown 6.0. But I feel we're almost there and we're almost out of this hole, so until then, just gotta keep going forward until things get better.
It sounds like things have improved slightly for you since your last update, and although there are good days and bad days, you're doing well and staying strong still. Keep it up Slippers!
If you were to take up your friend's offer to help you find some place to rent, do you feel you would be in a better financial situation than purchasing a unit? You could set aside a small amount of your income to save for emergency uses such as the rainy day that you described. Even if it's just a small amount of savings (can be $20 a month or more depending on how much you want to contribute), it will still benefit you when you have to use it for rainy day situations. Account that into your finance planning and check to see whether you're still able to purchase a unit.
If you don't mind me asking, why do you feel sad and fear from having to move out of your comfortable environment? I'm curious to know more about your thoughts.
Happy to chat with you more Slipper!