The Odd Power of Loneliness Can Change the Way You Think

Getting to know this often-understood state of mind can have major benefits

Tim Denning
Forge
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4 min readSep 17, 2021

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You’re a dangerous person if you go through things alone and come back better — @IAmAaronWill

Most of my biggest problems in life have been solved by loneliness. That’s the opposite of what you’ll typically hear.

Lose the love of your life? Go out for a night on the town. Get a cancer diagnosis? Go with your friends to tick things off your bucket list. Want to build a business? Network your face off. Want to be a content creator? Get lots of followers and have people like you.

Since all of the lockdowns began, I’ve had to get good at being lonely. As I write this, I still can’t leave my home or see friends. Restaurants are no longer havens to sit down and socialize. A lonely takeaway meal is all I’m allowed if I want to stay out of jail. Socializing is illegal where I live.

The idea of loneliness hit me again recently. I found out I have severe tinnitus, in which my hearing has the addition of high-pitched noises that are the definition of insanity. Don’t believe me? Famous artist Vincent Van Goh had the same condition. He chopped his own ear off trying to solve the problem. Still, today, there is no cure for tinnitus.

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Tim Denning
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