Stop it! It ruins the world!
‘Normal’ is the result of measuring and begins before you are born and continues until the day you pass on.
Numbers, degrees, graphs, percentages, attitudes are the weapons of this cultural plague to be ‘normal’.
Are you having a ‘normal’ pregnancy? How much does your baby weigh? Is your child developing ‘correctly’? How much do you weigh? How tall are you? How old are you? How much money do you make? How much money do you have in the bank? How do you measure up with the current fashion? On trend? How much sex are you having? Hmm and how much with other people? What are you addicted to? Do you have enough friends? Do you fall within the the current assessment of ‘attractive’? Hoping someone thinks you might even be beautiful? Are you in debt? How much? Are your teeth lined up to the exact cm? How sparkly are they? Is your cholesterol correctly placed on the charts? How about your blood pressure? Your wrinkles? How long can you expect to live? What disease are you most likely to get? Are you eating enough of the current ‘fad’ foods? Are you too sad? Too happy? Too nervous? Too angry? Exactly how many hours of sleep are you getting? How much REM sleep? No, I mean exactly how much exercise do you get? Why not take a pill so your blood, mood, pain, sleep, fat can be within normal range?
Then you can get on with really fitting in and finally being happy, loved, accepted etc.
And I hope you aren’t living your life by those rascals, statistics, 1 in 10, 7 out of 10, 23,000 out of 100,000. You know what I am talking about.
We are getting the squeeze play. Don’t let it own you!
Fit in with yourself first!
Stretch your normal.
Embrace things outside your norm. Get to know the people that are outside the narrow band of your normal. Challenge your own thoughts by mixing it up with people whose ideas or outfit you hate or don’t understand or are uncool.
If someone you loved was stuck on a deserted road on a cold winter night you wouldn’t care that the driver of the car that helped them out had the same political views as you or that their hair looked like crap.
Have you ever watched a toddler walk? We are like that. In order to move forward we need to be off balance and pass through a place of uncertainly where we are neither here nor there. But wait for it….here comes the other leg, ah back on terra firma. Repeat.
Let your freak flag fly!