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We are all normal until proven otherwise

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We are all normal until proven otherwise

We are all normal until proven otherwise

Normality and abnormality are two of the most ambiguous concepts. However, they are used a lot in our daily life. For example, we all find ourselves saying, “Why can’t I find a normal mate?”, “Don’t look for friends online, there are only abnormal people out there” or “He’s really an abnormal person, he doesn’t talk to anyone”. However, what do we mean by these terms? In fact, they tend to mean different things to different people, so we have no power to judge who is normal and who is not.

One of the biggest concerns we all share is adjusting to society. In fact, our species needs to be connected with others in order to survive and thrive. As a result, being criticized, rejected, or isolated by others can seriously damage your self-esteem. On the other hand, forcing yourself to conform to a mold imposed by the outside is a sure path to unhappiness. Therefore, why do we all do our best to tag people? Why do we try to homogenize ourselves when each of us is intricately unique?

Who are normal people?

Who are normal people?

If we stick to semantics, normal is defined as conforming to the norm. In other words, it means meeting the most common or usual features without exceeding or missing them. Therefore, we generally consider normal people as those who conform to what is socially expected of their social environment.

Practically from the moment you are born you are judged by this so-called normality. For example, if it takes a little longer than usual for a baby to start walking or say their first words, the environment will criticize and parents will worry. However, if a child is more inquisitive and intelligent than the average, he also becomes the object of criticism and inquisitive looks.

As you grow, judgments and standards continue. You have been told that you have to get good grades, have an active social life, maintain a relationship, get a good job, get married, have children… and all this must be done at a certain time that society sees fit. But what about the cost of not following any of these steps? Being considered abnormal or strange and being constantly questioned.

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The danger of seeking normality

In order not to deviate from these strict standards, you try to adapt every day. If you are shy, you force yourself to be social. Even if you hate your job, you still stay there. You have years of useless and harmful relationships because you fear what will be said if you break up. In fact, if you really stop and think, the pressure is probably stronger than you ever imagined.

The problem is that this kind of normalcy may not be compatible with your happiness or well-being. Nor does it mean that you can grow and develop as an individual. It just requires you to adapt. It does not want you to be free and diverse like the brushstrokes on the wall, but homogeneous and constrained like the bricks on the wall.

The need to meet these external demands can make you sick, both physically and emotionally. It can cause anxiety disorders, depression, fears, frustration and dissatisfaction, as well as pain, discomfort and psychosomatic disorders.

Those who risk going outside the norm are subject to rejection, and those who comply are subject to restriction. Is this really what everyone wants?

Admitting your weirdness

The solution to this tiring, painful and unfair situation is in your hands, and it is through opening yourself up to diversity. In fact, we all need to stop categorizing and categorizing ourselves and realizing that we are all different. In fact, it is these differences that enrich us as a society.

Introverts bring depth, extroverts bring joy. There are practical individuals and there are dreamy ones. There are those who love to listen and are excellent speakers. While someone else wants to travel the world, your dream may be to start a family. Anything and everything is valid and acceptable.

When you stop judging others, you give yourself the freedom to be free. You discover that your goals may be what others have set for you, and that you are quite different from what you appear to be for approval. In fact, we’re all normal until proven otherwise.

There is no one exactly the same as you, and that is where your strength lies. Embrace your weirdness and admire the weirdness of those around you. Remember, we are all magically unique beings who are struggling desperately to look normal.

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