What Is Normal?

Trying to be normal; Maya Angelou; Removing the Stumbling Block

What is normal?

According to Dictionary.com, normal is defined as "conforming to the standard or the common type; usual; not abnormal; regular; natural." But really, normal is arbitrary; what is "normal" for you is not necessarily "normal" for me.


Look around. Each one of us is different. People come in all shapes and sizes. No two exactly the same. From Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5: "A human being mints many coins from the same mold, and they are all identical.  But the holy one, blessed by God, strikes us all from the mold of the first human and each one of us is unique." We are different by design. So isn't each of us "normal" in our own way?

Striving for the arbitrary "normal" seems to me a waste of time and energy. I think Maya Angelou has it right, "If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be."

Don't worry about being "normal". Be amazing.
 
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