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What is normal?

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“Be normal.” “Act normal.” “That’s NOT normal.”

We are often encouraged to be “normal.”

People have very set ideas about what is considered “normal”, what you do, how you speak, how you act, but it is impossible to meet these expectations.

The word normal varies as much as the people who use it.

Making life as interesting, amusing and special as possible

Everyone’s definition of what is normal and what is not depends on the person themselves and their environment.

“Aside from anything else, trying to fit in and be “normal” is boring. “

Aside from anything else, trying to fit in and be “normal” is boring.

We’ve got one life. One chance. So why not make this life as interesting, amusing and special as possible?

Especially as a young child in primary school, I was always trying to please people.

To be normal, to fit in and make friends. But everyone’s expectation varied so much, from my friends to my teachers to my parents, I soon found it was impossible to please everyone.

Trying to meet everyone’s expectations of you is impossible

At school, peer pressure does tend to have some influence over what you do and how you act – if you let it.

Trying to please people all the time can be stressful.

When you’re always trying to meet people’s expectations, it’s like trying to run down many different paths at once. That’s – impossible. 

We are not born to be “normal”.

“We’re not supposed to be clones of each other. “

We’re not supposed to be clones of each other.

We’re not supposed to have identical ideas and habits.

Celebrating our differences as much as we celebrate our similarities

We are all completely different individuals and that’s life.

What one person considers “normal” is strange and unusual to someone else.

I’ve often heard the saying “birds of a feather flock together”, but is that true?

In my experience, it isn’t always.

“Opposites attract more than people who are similar. “

Opposites attract more than people who are similar.

So in that case, why can’t we celebrate our differences as much as we celebrate our similarities?

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