Weird is normal and vice versa

Every one of us is unique. No two of us are the same, so why do we try to fit in, to be normal?  I would argue that, in addition to a natural human trait to want to belong,  the creation of the norm has mostly been a product of marketing in the last fifty years or so.  Mass production is cheap. Create a norm using television and radio, encourage everyone to conform, and you've created a mass audience to sell mass produced products to.  It worked very well for a while.

Wanting to belong is okay, it is normal.  Having large corporations and media conglomerates define who we should be is not normal, it is oppressive.  Depression, stress, and a general dissatisfaction with life are all symptoms of what happens when we try to meet someone else's expectations.

 The world has changed in the last few years.  As the internet has opened our world of choice and expanded our ability to communicate with other people that have similar opinions and interests, we don't have to conform to connect.  There are others out there just as weird as we are.

You don't have to be someone else's version of normal. Be weird. Be yourself. That is normal.


To explore this topic further I recommend We Are All Weird by Seth Godin.

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  1. Hi Dan,
    As you may remember I grew up with a sister who people were actually afraid of... she taught me so much about acceptance. Let's face it we are all weird when you get to know us.

  2. I couldn't agree more with this post!

  3. Well said! Modern Society has created so much inner turmoil in all of us, as we try to meet IT's standards. The real hard work we need to be doing is looking inward and finding OUR standards and our dreams ... and meeting them. Or as you so aptly said, to be weird! Love it.

  4. Hopefully we will all start to learn more and more that our sole purpose while existing on this earth is, in essence, to be ourselves. It's so simple, but in the same instance, a very bold thing to do. To simply be oneself...fully! The goal is to strive every day to be more and more of your natural self.