I don't currently have any friends. This is not hyperbole. Several years ago, I had a couple of friends. This issue was in place prior to COVID but now COVID has shut off even the potential of making new friends, as for me in-person interaction is key so I can read energy and develop some sense of safety. I could list a large number of challenges I have that get in the way of making friendships, but I'd rather just hear from people what their challenges have been and how they have made friends anyhow, or at least how they've tried to, so keep hoping. I acknowledge there may be digital opportunities for friendship-making. I don't mean just anonymous chat, but maybe local groups that connect by Zoom or something. That said, I have avoidance issues with social connection. But I still have all the loneliness. And nowadays, don't have any opportunities to even practice and fail. Just nothing. So trying to keep a sliver of hope alive to see how others have managed.