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What Is Normal?

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Who and what defines normal? An even better question is what exactly does it mean to be “normal”? Webster’s dictionary defines normal as “conforming to the standard or the common type; usual; not abnormal”. Let’s say a young woman, scholar, decides that instead of accepting a full scholarship to school, she decides to follow in her Grandfather’s footsteps and live in the Himalayas for 2 years, trekking and exploring the land, and world around her. A few blocks away, a young woman decides to pursue a career in architectural design, never marry, but adopt children. A few more blocks down the road, a young man decides that right after college, he and his longtime girlfriend will get married, have 2 kids, and live in a house with a white picket fence in the suburbs of Saddle River, NJ. Is any one of these individuals less normal than the other? Is it considered normal for a man to stay home with the children and his wife go off to work? Is it normal for two people to be married but live in two different households? Is it normal to pray to God, Krishna, or Allah? Is it normal to be born with red hair or black? Is it normal for a woman to love sex more than a man? Is it normal to have the desire to live life with full abundance or endure life and suffer in hopes of “promise” on the other side? Who and what defines normal for you? Does society define it? I will be the first to say that I am far from normal. When I was a kid, I was perceived as a bit “abnormal” because I was “non-talkative” and very shy. Fast forward to my adulthood, I could be considered somewhat “abnormal” for some of the wacky things that I have said, done, and believe. However, that is not for you to decide, it is for me to decide. Normal can only be defined by “You”. Think about it, social norms” can be defined as a “pattern of behavior, in a particular group, community, or culture, accepted as normal and to which an individual is accepted to conform”. So in essence, if everyone is doing the same thing, acting the same way, believing the same thing, and skipping to the same tune, society will consider you “normal” or lack of a better word “a robot”.  Would you rather be considered “normal” just to be “accepted” in society or would you rather express yourself fully and be comfortable with who you are as a person. I choose the latter, what about you?

 

“The possibility of stepping into a higher plane is quite real for everyone. It requires no force or effort or sacrifice. It involves little more than changing our ideas about what is normal.” Deepak Chopra

 

“Normal is not something to aspire to, it is something to get away from” Jodie Foster


 
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