The Subtle Power of Solitude

Do this for a happier and peaceful life

Chun Hao
5 min readJun 6, 2022


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If I was asked to describe today’s society, I would say that it’s an epoch deluged with distractions.

We are all too distracted by the latest celebrity scoop. We are all too engrossed in social media — uh hrm, I’m talking about you, Tiktok. We are all too focussed on everything else besides ourselves.

Hence, I did something most will find weird.

A solo movie date — with my single-ass self.

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Just 2 weeks ago, I went out alone to watch the latest Marvel movie, “Multiverse of Madness”. I don’t mean to spoil anything, but they should mention that it was going to be a horror film somewhere in the trailer.

Usually, I will always have my friends by my side while watching a movie in a cinema. Not to forget, there’s always the occasional shoulder bump and chatters when something impressive or relatable appears on the screen — a wholesome experience with your peers.

This time around, I walked down the aisle to my seat with my large-sized popcorn. Yet, with no external grubby hands — besides mine — contaminating my popcorn, and being surrounded by strangers which I will find too awkward to talk to.

Did it feel weird?

Heck yea.

Was it worth it though?

You bet.

Oh, that’s not all.

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Afterward, I went out to eat at a restaurant alone. I bought my steamy, hot bowl of yakitori don and sat at a corner of the restaurant — with every customer within my sight. Seating at a vantage point allowed me to observe people and eavesdrop on their conversations.

Amidst the cacophony of noises, I managed to decipher the following observations:

Teenagers catch up with one another after school.



Chun Hao

Hooked on Personal Finance and Self Growth! I write mostly about exploring one's potential, being financially prudent, and pursuing happiness.