Really Thoughtful ….
The first thing my mother asked me was, ‘Won’t you be lonely?’ I’d just rung her to tell her that I had finally got the green light from a landlord about a studio in Paris I wanted. Filled with jubilation – finally! a place of my own! – her question stopped me short. The idea of loneliness had never actually occurred to me. I’ve never lived alone before, but I’m an independent person and I like my solitude. I craved privacy, alone-ness, but not loneliness. How can you be lonely, in a city as thrumming and alive as Paris?
But increasingly, urban loneliness is on the rise. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), today more than half of the world’s population is living in an urban centre. By 2030, this number will have increased to 6 out of every 10 people living in either a town or…
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