I'm sorry to hear about your father. Best wishes to you and your family.
Check meetup.com for tech meetups in your city. Although you are a beginner and it may be difficult to have the confidence to go meet professionals in the industry, I'm willing to bet you will be able to find someone who would like hearing about your experience as a beginner in tech and what you are learning and interested in learning. There may be groups of people learning like you too.
I find that being part of community that is passionate about something gives me passion for that thing as well.
And of course you will learn so much and encounter strange and exciting opportunities when you meet people.
Thanks, I'll set time to go to one meetup this month
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