I hate the word normal. I just don’t get it. Like, how do we know what it is? To me, like most things in life, normal is based on perception; it’s in the eye of the beholder. Generally though, it seems to be majority rules. Whatever the masses decide they like becomes the status quo, and whoever doesn’t agree automatically becomes weird. Right. This idea works in theory, I guess, but then you have things like this happen:
and you realise that everyone, in their own way, rejects normalcy. Especially as teenagers, we’re trying to discover who we are, and I guess part of that includes being rebellious, to various degrees. The thing is, if normal really does come down to majority rules, and everyone is being rebellious, that makes it normal, right? It becomes normal to go out and do crazy things and alter your appearance and go completely insane. And if you try and be all hardcore and act in a perceived ‘rebellious’ way, because it’s the ‘cool’ thing to do, it’s not hardcore, is it? It’s normal. Boring. Cliched.
In it’s own ironic way, avoiding being normal has become the new normal.
The definition of normal I have in my head, unsurprisingly, leaves me in the ‘weird range’. The funny thing is, I’ve seen people who fit my definition of ‘normal’ perfectly join facey groups like the one above, or post pictures with messages declaring themselves to be as far from normal as possible. It makes me wonder, if I think they’re normal, and they don’t, what do they think being normal is? Or are they simply doing all those things because, as I said above, avoiding being normal is the new cool thing to do? Maybe normal has never existed. Maybe we all just assume everyone else is normal, but in reality we all have our quirks and our habits, and if the definition of normal does come down to what is most widely accepted, none of us really fit the cookie cutter mould .We probably never have, and never will.
Then again, maybe everyone except me knows what normal is. Maybe I’m the only one who’s completely clueless, and is all for the removing of the word from the dictionary. Enlighten me, dear readers, what do you believe normal is?
frangipani princess xoxo