Loneliness is not my enemy; it’s my X-factor

Illustration by Jarien Skywall

I’m an introvert by default. I restore my energy in solitude. Quarantine for the foreseeable future? Sure. Work from home? Easy! Or so I thought. As someone who has mastered the art of being alone, from only child to international solo traveler, I’ve never felt so lonely in my life.

The pandemic forced me to downsize my social network. Although I’m an introvert, I’m quite social. I’m a…