If you google "normal", this is the first thing you'll see:
conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected.
"it's quite normal for puppies to bolt their food"
synonyms: usual, standard, ordinary, customary, conventional, habitual, accustomed, expected, wonted; typical, stock, common, everyday, regular, routine, established, set, fixed, traditional, time-honored
"they issue books in the normal way"
ordinary, average, typical, run-of-the-mill, middle-of-the-road, common, conventional, mainstream, unremarkable, unexceptional, garden-variety, a dime a dozen
"a normal couple”
When I was in the midst of my eating disorder, anxiety, and depression,I remember telling my mom, Scott, my therapists, etc. that all I wanted was to be NORMAL! I distinctly even remember saying, “I WANT TO BE AVERAGE.”
Now, some of you are probably going, “SAY WHAT?!” Who says/ wants to be average?!
However, some of you know where I’m coming from… you might have been there, be there, or know someone who is/was there.
Let’s take a minute to go back and read some of those words again:
ordinary, fixed, regular, unremarkable, unexceptional, typical, common, customary, conventional, standard, usual, etc.
Like I eluded to earlier — in the past, some of these words were appealing and desirable… regular, typical, common, ordinary.
I just wanted all my disorders and struggles to be gone, and I wanted to be “like everybody else”.
Even if you can’t relate (but you most of you probably can, if you dig deep, and apply it to a different scenario — family issues, relationships, other health issues, job, etc.), hopefully you at least understand, a little better, where I’m coming from…
Today, I am happy (and confident) to say, I have no desire to be “normal”! When I look at that general definition, and the associated synonyms… that is not who, or what, I want to be known as. In fact, I want to be the opposite of normal! I want to be exceptional and remarkable! <<< THAT, right there, already defies “normal”. My mission is to help, encourage, and inspire people — to make a positive difference and impact as many people as I can… and those things do not qualify as normal, or average!
Looking back, a couple words come to mind… REALITY CHECK!!!
Normal doesn’t really exist… what is “normal” for one person, isn’t normal for everyone else.
That’s the beauty of being HUMAN! We are individuals, and are all unique in our own ways! None of us are exactly like anyone else!
Thank God! I mean, how boring would life be if we were all exactly the same as every other person?!
I admit, it has taken me a long time to get where I am, today, required a lot of hard work, and I still have a lot of climbing to do, on the ladder of success… BUT, when I finally letting go of “normal” and the stigma associated with it, it was a huge breakthrough! It was like cutting the string of a lead balloon — such a relief!