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Solitary refinement: I embraced being alone and it changed my life

In the event of a pandemic, I’m fully prepared for self-isolation, after a year of ‘just me’ time

Francesca Specter

As individuals all over the world are being advised to self-isolate, the news has been met with unexpected glee among one group of people: introverts.

“I’ve been practising #selfisolation for the past 20 years,” tweeted BBC employee Toby Cox, while poet and performer Susan Richardson mused: “I’m finding the notion of #selfisolation so enticing.”

A year ago, this response would have baffled me. As an extrovert, I struggled to spend even an hour in my own company, so the prospect of 14 days alone would have seemed even more daunting than the coronavirus itself. That all changed last January, when I made a new year’s resolution to learn to enjoy spending time alone...

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