Inspiration & Encouragement

Why Conform to Normal?

 

Normal- conforming to the standard or the common type. Synonyms: usual, average, ordinary

Now, as you read that definition over again, I would just like to ask, why in the world do people put so much stock in being normal? Does average sound more fun than being extraordinary? I think not! Yet so many of us are frowned upon when we decide to step out of society’s nice little labeled and color-coated box of normalcy. I’ve seen it happen to me, my peers, and complete strangers. People much too often look at differences and uniqueness as being weird or abnormal. Why can’t we all just flaunt our individual weirdness together?

At the university I attend, it is Homecoming week. That means there are a whole lot of really random activities leading up to the big football game on Saturday. One of the things they decided to do this year (for the first time, which I didn’t realize because I just transferred here) is spirit week. Spirit week has always been a really fun concept for a theatre chick, like me. I love the excuse to just dress up as something different each day, and enjoy the break from the standard routine. Today was decade day, so I decided to don my 1920’s attire and sport it to class. Now, for those that know me, my outfits are often retro/vintage inspired anyway, so this wasn’t much of a stretch, but I decided I’d go all out today, complete with feathered headband and pearls. Like I said, this is apparently the first year this school has done spirit week, so I don’t think the concept has really been advertised well enough to catch on just yet. You can imagine that I got some interesting looks as I bounded across campus in lace, fringe, feathers, and the works when many of the students I passed had on typical clothing for autumn weather. My initial thought process was, “Oh goodness, why did I do this? People think I’m a freak!” Then, I realized… Who cares? Why should I let my confidence be effected by a few random looks? Most likely those students were just curious as to what I was doing because they didn’t know today was decade day, and I can’t blame them for that! My point, however, is that sometimes we get so wrapped up in the context of societal norms, that we forget to appreciate the beauty in being ourselves.

So to sum up my long-winded observations… Sometimes we have to be willing to be different to be able to live out our dreams. I’m not saying that wearing a 20’s costume to class was a life-long goal or anything, but those smaller moments help make us stronger for the bigger moments. Each time we step over the line that the world draws and proclaim who God made us to be, we become more confident and more beautiful in our purpose. Sometimes society will frown upon us for not being in college when they think it’s the “normal” age range for us, or pursuing a career that doesn’t have a “normal” work shift or paycheck guaranteed, or wearing a dress just because you feel like it (speaking from experience on this stuff people, it’s not always easy.) Those are the times we have to be willing to look past the stares, or glares, and into the eyes of the adventure we’re heading towards. We have to let go of normal enough to have faith and be extraordinary!

 

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5 thoughts on “Why Conform to Normal?”

  1. I completely agree with you. I’ve never understood people who strive for normal. Today you are you, that is truer than true, there’s no one alive who is Youer than you!” Dr. Seuss

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      1. Thanks so much for the nomination! Sorry it has taken me so long to reply, life threw me some interesting curveballs recently and I haven’t really gotten to be online as much. I am, however, planning to participate and should be posting for the award before too long! 🙂

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