Now that thousands and thousands of individuals are remoted at house, Modern Love is in search of private tales of lives reworked by sudden solitude.
More individuals reside alone as we speak within the United States than at every other time in historical past — a seismic shift from even a half-century in the past, and one that’s more and more frequent the world over. Being alone and feeling lonely usually are not the identical factor, in fact. And many individuals who reside by themselves might in actual fact spend little time alone, main wealthy social and dealing lives as they go about their day to day.
Or a minimum of they did.
In the midst of a pandemic, thousands and thousands of individuals have abruptly discovered themselves marooned at house, alone, for weeks or even perhaps months.
Are you somebody who lives alone proper now? We need to hear from you.
Please inform us, in 500 phrases or fewer, about this surprising and possibly involuntary interval of isolation in your life.
What has shocked you probably the most, good or unhealthy? What feels insupportable or rewarding? What’s darkly humorous? How are you coping — or struggling to cope — on this new actuality the place your solely human interplay is confined to a display screen or carried out behind masks at a protected distance? Do you are concerned about going with out human contact, a lot much less sexual intimacy, for too lengthy? Do you discover your circumstances horrifying, calming or simply plain boring?
Tell us your greatest and most revealing story of this unusual time in your life. We plan to publish probably the most transferring and shocking entries we obtain. If we’re considering your story, an editor will contact you.
Deadline for submissions: Sunday, May three, 2020, by 11:59 p.m. ET
To complement your narrative, please contemplate submitting one or all the photographs requested under, together with a brief description of what’s pictured in every.