A topic I’ve been contemplating this week is that of what “normal” really is. As much as many people can say that they have standards as to how they’ll be treated, how they’ll treat others or what they think is right or wrong, and as much as I think we could come up with standards about respect and how we treat others and how we share the world we live in, I don’t know that there really is a “normal” anymore. We’re such a wonderfully diverse world with wonderfully unique people who each have different aspirations, world views and passions that my “normal” won’t look like your “normal” and you and I may not even really have a “normal” in our lives!
I understand the appeal of normal, it means that things fit in nice neat boxes, are easy to understand and don’t complicate our lives. But I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing that there isn’t really a “normal” for every life in the world anymore, or the same normal for everyone. It challenges us to think and learn how to interact with others who are different than us. It gives us the opportunity to live a much richer life. It encourages us to learn to live in the moment. It means we can love the life we individually live and allows us to be our own person and not a copy of anyone else.
I think we should stop worrying about our definition of normal not matching up with anyone else’s, or if there’s even a definition of normal that applies anymore. Personally I think attaining normalcy should be pretty low on your list of things to accomplish. I think we should work instead on loving better, living more wisely and being more considerate of the others that we share this world with. Work on finding a “normal” that works for you, or don’t!
Do you have a normal or are you trying to work towards one, or are you happy with your life that doesn’t fit in a “normal” box?