I have really experienced this and not just during the current isolation period. Reading, writing, walking, watching good movies, playing with my cat need only myself to make them work. I enjoy time with friends and family, but equally, if not more so, I enjoy my time alone. In fact, I crave it. Thanks for sharing these insights about being alone vs being lonely.

Deborah Barchi has recently retired from her career as a librarian and now has time to read, explore nature, and write poetry and essays.