It was the first time I had been on my own in eleven years. Loneliness was the first thing that entered my heart and my mind, along with rejection and a strong sense that I’d failed. It didn’t make a difference that the ending had, in the end, been mutual. Over time, my experience shifted from one of loneliness, to that of solitude.
The coronavirus crisis is affecting us all in different ways, and one group we’re hearing about a lot at the moment are people who live alone. Under usual circumstances, people who live alone use words like resilient, empowered, independent and connected to describe themselves.