Why be normal?

I have always been a bit on the high-strung side and have always had little quirks and oddball likes. I tend to keep my head in the clouds and act like a giant goofy kid. My brother often calls me “kooky-crazy”, which I have embraced wholeheartedly. All of it is just part of the magic that makes me, well, me.

But every so often, especially when I do something that feels completely natural to me and yet so utterly silly, I hear that exasperated voice in my head that asks me:


Often, it’s the voice of certain adults from my past I hear, annoyed because I haven’t “outgrown” whatever it is they thought I needed to outgrow. They tried to pigeon-hole me into their idea of the perfect person, the perfect student, the perfect child even when square pegged me couldn’t fit into their round little hole.

Normal means a lack of deviation from what has been discovered or established as the most usual or expected, at least according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. It is standard and typical and boringly common. Why is it something that some want us to aspire to be?

Why be normal?

What is normal anyway?

It’s just a made up term, an ambiguity that is used to try to define each and every one of us. But there’s no fixed measurement, no one perfect ideal to define what is normal and what is not.

What is normal to one person may be quite strange and utterly abnormal to someone else,

I once knew someone who enjoyed peanut butter and bologna sandwiches. That was their normal, even if it sounds weird. I stim when I get overwhelmed or anxious and chew on my tongue when I am concentrating. That is my normal even though others don’t want to understand or even make fun of me for it.

It is our differences, our quirks, our “abnormalities” that make each of us magically unique. They are what help each of us craft our own chapters in our own books of life. So embrace your differences. And when others ask you why you can’t be normal, answer them with “I am!”

Stay magical.

Write your own story.

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2 thoughts on “Why be normal?

  1. Normal is HIGHLY overrated! What was ‘normal’ 100 years ago may be illegal today. A garden is more beautiful in its diversity….if everyone were a daisy, a tulip would seem abnormal too.

    I LOVE your “I am” response! I wish people would stop trying to fit each other into cookie cutter molds and embrace the uniqueness around them. You never know when their idiosyncrasies may just be the thing that saves a life!

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