Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. – Albert Camus
Being “normal” is overrated. When I was younger, I really wanted to be normal, until I realized that trying to be normal was holding me back. To me, normal meant “what everyone else was doing,” and I wanted nothing more than to do what everyone else was doing. But I started to realize that I wasn’t that good at what everyone else was doing; I was good at what I did. But, being good at what I did meant I had to give up my dreams of normal.
We worry too much about whether or not we are normal. Because it’s really what we do that’s not normal that not only makes us who we are, but is also our greatest contribution. But, unfortunately, being “abnormal” feels uncomfortable, and we may find ourselves running back to the comfortable nest of normal. The desire to blend in is strong.
Showing yourself as “abnormal” is really about having faith that what you do is valuable, and that blending in would be a detriment, not only to you, but to your community. We really need more abnormal people; those who can show us what is different about them. Because when we have more people who show themselves as different, our communities become stronger, and paradoxically we feel and see the things that make us similar to each other. Being abnormal makes you feel connected.
Strive to be abnormal and you will find yourself contributing to others in a way that makes you feel “normal.” Maybe what you wanted in the first place was not to blend in, but to simply be connected.
What does “normal” mean to you? How has this played out in your life? Share your thoughts in the comments!