I've been contemplating normal again. I've spent time with the idea of normal before, so it's nothing new, but.... always good for reflection.
Normal can change. What is normal at one point in your life can change to a new normal years later. That's ok. Normal is not something stagnant. Technically the dictionary defines normal as an adjective that means "conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected." It's also defined as a noun meaning "the usual, average, or typical state or condition."
Reading both of those definitions makes me cringe...... because neither of them fit. Not even close. I struggle to conform to standards, even at school - I do things different enough to make a difference, but not different enough to get noticed. Who am I kidding. It's noticed. It's frequently noted that I do things differently, and for the most part, no one seems to mind. Except me.
I am not normal.
But I am me.
My therapist says that being me is a good thing. Normal is not a requirement to be a good person. You don't need to be normal to care, to grow, to learn, to change. You don't even need to be normal to make a difference. In my case, at least, I just need to be me.
But more than that, I really want to like me. And I don't. At least not yet. There are too many things about me that I am embarrassed by, ashamed of, or afraid to acknowledge out in the world. I'd rather hide. I'd rather hide my shameful bits, my embarrassing secrets, and fade into the crowd.
I know that's impossible. I've spent so much of my life trying to hide, trying to blend in, when the reality is that it just makes me stand out even more. I just choose to ignore that fact. Cause I still think that I am hiding everything, when really, I'm only hiding it from myself. And unsuccessfully at that.
It's time to stop striving for normal and instead, strive to just be me.