Sunday, 8 March 2015

Rambles (#3): On Being "Normal"

"Normal" can be a tricky and potentially dangerous word, but it shouldn't be. Because most people are normal. Being unique, having qualities and quirks of your own, doesn't make you abnormal. Everybody has a little something different about them, and that's normal. And everyone is at least a tiny bit similar to everyone else, and that's normal too. Just because you like a type of music that nobody else seems to like, that doesn't make you strange. And just because you like a new trend going round that a lot of other people like too, that doesn't make you dull.
When you type "define normal" into Google, the first definition given (and the definition relevant to this ramble, we're not going to go into the mathematical and scientific ones) is "conforming to a standard; usual typical, or expected". Personally, I don't think that's a bad thing, and it's not exactly a good thing either, it's somewhere in between. It really is just normal. I think we need to take it as a neutral term, without positive or negative connotations. Normal just is. It shouldn't be a compliment or an insult. I wouldn't worry about being "normal", it's really not as bad, or good, as it's made out to be.

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