Emma, you made me laugh. Haha. I am the hermit you describe living off grid for years now on seven acres woods and fields. It is great and I could not go back to living and working and Boston. I had all the skills ( house building, welding, running equipment, logging etc.) and grew up on a tree farm which really helped me out. Go for it and see how you like it and at your age especially go for it with others. For the most part I like my hermit life and call my lifestyle my cocoon. I build and sell handy man (and women) type things so meet with people now and then. I also go into town to get supplies and groceries every two or three weeks and bump into people. With the internet, I can keep in contact with a bunch of people. With all the chores and work plus a schedule I keep and periodic socialization, I have not gone totally feral yet...although my beard seems to be growing bushier and faster! I think that is very smart for you to realize about the loneliness factor because it is a major factor most people do not consider. No need to be a hermit. Get some friends and go for it and stay out of debt. Staying out of debt is a biggy for me. Good luck.