Thursday, 25 June 2015

That's Not Normal! - The Happy Project


What is normal? People try to be it and call everyone else out on it when they are not it, but can anyone actually define it?

I do not wear normal clothing in as much as I do not abide with the fashions. I certainly do not behave normally, as seen in the facial reactions of those around me. And yet, I am perfectly happy, which leads me to question why exactly anyone would aspire to be normal. It sounds so, unbelievably boring.


Take any two human beings and compare them. They are bound to have several similarities, physical or otherwise. But then try to sum them up: define them as individual people. I suspect that we would have to try pretty hard before we were able to define two individuals in the same way.

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Normal is defined as "the usual, typical, or expected state or condition". If it is so, incredibly hard to find a clear similarity between two people, how can one be applied across society? And, if we can't find any meta-physical similarity between the majority of people, then how can we possibly hope to claim that anything is usual, typical or expected?

As such, there is no such thing as normal. The more we try to fit in to something that simply does not exist, the further we move from who we really are- the further we move from being happy. And, I think, happiness is something that we, as humans, are hardwired to need. 

And so, in reality, the only thing in life that we may refer to as not normal is trying to be normal. If we all just decided to do what we wanted to do, perhaps we would all find ourselves feeling that little bit happier. 

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