Monday, April 14, 2008

Monday Musings..."Normal"

My sister and best friend, TCC, has begun hosting something called Monday Musings. She posts a quote and then challenges us to critically think and post our thoughts on it...then we can link back to her! How fun...yet, I have not had the chance to partake in it until today! My critical thinker has been a little busy! However, I would like to start partaking in this! I don't know how deep my discussion will be, but it is what is on my mind at the moment!

So, the quote of the week is:
"The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well." by Joe Ancis

So, what is normal? According to Merriam-Webster, it means "conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern."

What do I think of as normal? Does it mean that you do not have any problems and your life is peachy? Does it mean that you eat white bread and white rice instead of brown? When we were kids, my sister would ask for "normal bread and normal rice" which meant "white" bread and "white" rice - she is a funny one! I always preferred wheat or oatmeal bread - so, does that make me not normal? (BTW, my sis does eats wheat bread now! So, she is not normal anymore either!)

When I do think about the normal way of doing things, I think of what is acceptable or doing what the majority of people are doing. In America, it is normal to have credit card debt and live outside of your means...the "American Dream"! That sounds like a nightmare to me - and stressful too! When Dawson and I were married, we were swamped in debt - from college and our cars, but we worked hard to be where we are today - debt free, besides our home, and we plan on staying that way - and I hope that many others are in the same boat as us...making a new "normal".

I guess I do not think that anyone is really "normal" - because I really do not know what normal is. We may have similarities, but we are all different. I think that if we were all "normal" that is would be really boring around here - like we were all made with the same cookie cutter. It is nice to have similarities with others, but differences are fun too - it makes us who we are.

I think that I may understand what he means though. Sometimes, it seems like everyone else has things together - the perfect life, when in fact that is just the surface that you may see of this person. Once you get to know them, you can see what problems they are facing. So, they may appear "normal" when you initially meet someone or see them from afar...but when you really get to know someone, you see that they are not perfect or normal. So, I suppose I can agree with his quote in if he meant it in the way that I just wrote about. However, I do not believe that anyone is really normal.

Well, that is all that I have tonight for this post. Thank you for hosting this sis, and I hope that you enjoyed this and that it made some is getting a little late!


TCC said...

Ha! Ha! Ha!

Too funny that we BOTH wrote about me and my "normal" bread and rice!!!

Oh my goodness - I really started laughing when I read your post - which was after I wrote mine.

I'm so glad you joined me this week. :) And so you know...the point is to share your thoughts and not be so concerned about the 'depth'. Be YOU.

The Gang's All Here! said...

Makes sense to me - as Comfy Denim said in response to my post, "Normal is highly over-rated!"