Millions of us were living with this curse before the pandemic. How can we break it? Feeling lonely during lockdown? You are not alone — a 2018 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that more than a fifth of US and UK adults, and 9% of Japanese adults, said they always or often felt lonely, highlighting how the issue proceeds the pandemic and as experts advice, it can contribute to a myriad of negative effects on our wellbeing. For Claire Bushey, things are far beyond the complexity of just numbers. In this personal piece for the Financial Times, she meditates on her own loneliness, and why she doesn't necessarily feel bad about it.