By Fiona Phillips in SAGA Magazine.
In aid of national charity The Silver Line, Fiona Phillips experiences what it’s really like to live completely alone.
Britain is in the grip of an epidemic of loneliness, reports The Silver Line charity. But how many people living busy lives – especially at Christmas – can really understand and empathise with what it feels like to live truly alone? We took broadcaster, wife and mother Fiona Phillips, 56, out of her full, family life and into isolation for a few days – no phone, no computer – to raise awareness of the problem. She was shocked by her reaction. This is her diary…
Sometimes I feel an overwhelming need to be on my own; craving solitude rather than fearing it. With a demanding work schedule, two teenage boys and the lion’s share of household chores to contend with, life’s a never-ending spinning wheel. The daily challenge of coming up with an evening meal everyone likes; staying on top of the ever-mountainous washing pile; checking emails from the kids’ schools; muddy footprints; grubby stair carpet… Aaargh! Life often seems like a ‘to-do’ list with nothing ticked off.
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