Monday, May 20, 2013

Be Different: What's So Great About Normal?

What's So Great?

Normal.  Synonyms: Common, usual, general, ordinary, standard, typical.

Remind me again why we would want to be normal?

We weren't meant to be "normal." We weren't designed to be like everyone else. There is no everyone else. There's only a standard that we all try to conform to. But, what if the standard was "different?" What if being like everyone else wasn't the goal? What if being your real self was?

I read recently that being normal denotes a lack of courage.

It's being afraid to be who you were meant to be. I know a girl who does everything she can to not be noticed. You see, she knows she's not quite normal. She knows that she's not like everyone else and she is desperately afraid that someone will notice that. She is afraid of what will happen to her if everyone else sees just how different she is. So, she hides. She stays against the outer wall and she prays that no one will see her.  For if they see her, they might see the way she is different.

She is afraid.

Are we afraid? Are we afraid that people will see us... will really see us... and then know that we are different, too? It's all nice and pretty to champion being different and really being yourself, but we all kind of know that the pack attacks the anomaly. One on one, different is good.  But, in the pack? In the mob?  Different is penalized and we know it.  We know it because we've been part of it. We know what the pack is like because we've been the pack. We know what happens to people who are different.

But, what if we were all different? What would the pack penalize then? If we all stood up and we all refused to be the pack, if we all refused the normality that defined the pack, if we all embraced the ways that make us... us.  What would the pack have to hate?

The hard thing is that "all being different" starts with one. One person who has the bravery to stand up and refuse the shackles of the pack. One person with the courage to face the pack down and draw a line in the sand. Someone with the strength to say, "No.  This is who I am. This is who I will be."

Will you be the one?


"Be Different" Series

Friday............ The Desire to Fit In
Sunday..........  Like What You Like
Tuesday........  Making a Difference
Wednesday...  Be Amazing!

1 comment:

  1. I was thinking about this very thing this morning! Great thoughts here. I find that the older I get the more comfortable I get in my own skin. My challenge now is to help my children embrace their "different"! I find this to be a bigger challenge, because it breaks my heart when they are left out or bullied.


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