What Is Normal? Essay

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No Such Thing as "Normal"These days everyone is obsessed with being normal. No one wants to stand out or be different; they want to be the same as the people around them. Then again, no one wants to be like everyone else. They want to be different yet at the same time normal. This may seem contradictory, but it's very true. But how is this possible? If "normal" means being different, than doesn't that negate the definition? In reality, it doesn't because "normal" doesn't exist. Being "normal" is no more than an idea; it can't be proven to be true or false. Everyone's definition of normal is different. When people say they want you to be normal, it's them wanting you to be their opinion of normal. People make up their own little concept of normal to make themselves feel better about themselves or so they can make themselves believe that their problems can be helped if they were just "normal. Whether it's an aspect of life, family, wardrobe or a human being. Normal is something exactly the same as you; your sense of self, and everyone and everything like it. The morals and ideas, which are different to those that we're familiar with and easily accept, are not normal.Things that I perceive as "normal" won't be the same as everybody else. I think that the household I've grown up in is normal, with my two parents and my brother. I can imagine a family of three or four kids being normal but to me a family of 10 kids just isn't. The clothes I wear aren't boring or too loud, but I do follow trends a lot and that's something that although it's normal, I find myself wondering why I conform to certain standards. A few months ago I got a haircut that I was so excited about because everyone had bangs, and I wanted them too, but when I looked into the mirror, I couldn't believe what I had done. Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn't mean it will be good for you. For example, I know someone who does drugs and every time I tell them how bad it is and how stupid they're being, they tell me that every teenager in their life goes through the same thing. But I retort by saying that I'll just have to be an "outsider" and not do drugs. This bothers me because this person thinks it's perfectly normal to do these things while I just can't understand how he sees it that way.My friend is has a twin sister and she is always telling me about how annoying it is when people ask her, "How does it feel to be a twin?" She always has to answer back, "How does it feel to not be a twin?"Sometimes we want to do something and to make ourselves feel better about doing it we'll tell ourselves it's normal even if we don't agree. Eventually we can get so used to it, that in our eyes it becomes "normal."In the dictionary, "normal" means average. People are constantly trying to be above average, yet at the same time, striving to be normal. Does that mean that since everyone wants to be above average that being normal is constantly changing? --Or does it mean that society has...

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