Normal Is Boring

30 Jun

What is ‘normal’? Each and every one of us has a different idea of what constitutes being ‘normal’. Yet, society has determined for us what ‘normal’ means. In trying to fit in and be considered ‘normal’ we often lose ourselves as we change who we really are. We hide our true selves behind the mask of conformity, following the herd as mindless sheep with no sense of self and identity. We become just one of many, blended in to the masses. So in other words, being normal is, essentially, to be like everyone else and that is just plain boring, don’t you think?

Seeing that I work at the movies/cinemas and am surrounded by movie posters, I seem to gain a lot of my inspiration from poster taglines. Yesterday, I came across the tagline, “You don’t become a hero by being normal” on the “ParaNorman” movie poster.  When I thought about it, I realised that being normal and blending in to the crowd often gets you unnoticed. You become just another body that takes up space. You’re nothing special, you’re not different.

Think of Superman who wears his underpants on the outside or Spider-Man who wears skin tight spandex. Super-heroes wear ridiculous costumes that are bold and unique to identify themselves. In doing so, they separate themselves from the masses and guess what? People look up to them. Now in reality we don’t have a Kryptonian flying around donning his red and blue suit or a masked web slinger crawling up skyscrapers. Instead we have the likes of Lady Gaga with her outrageous costumes, Katy Perry with her bright coloured hair and Tom Cruise who jumps up and down other people’s couches. They didn’t get where they are by being normal. They stepped out of the norm and took advantage of being unique. In fact, they thrived on their differences. By departing from society’s standards of what is normal, they became idols.

Now, I’m not saying that being normal is a bad thing. It’s not. It’s just that being normal, being like everyone else, is boring. How are people going to identify you when you’re exactly the same as someone else? Being different however is a little more adventurous and a whole lot more satisfying. By being different and unique, you’re able to dress the way you want, eat whatever you choose, be attracted to whomever your heart desires. There are no barriers and in that sense, you end up being much happier.

So as the tagline said, “You don’t become a hero by being normal”. Being normal is boring. You shouldn’t feel upset by the fact that you’re different from everyone else. You should enjoy it and make the most of it. Enjoy being unique. Whether you’re tall or short, fat or skinny, straight or not, everyone in their own way is special and that should be celebrated. For those who feel that they are dealing with being different alone, fear not, you’re not and never will be alone.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree/disagree that being normal is boring?

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2 Responses to “Normal Is Boring”

  1. Daniel Wright July 1, 2012 at 04:21 #

    Hey, long time reader first time poster 😀

    I’ve often pondered what is ‘normal’ and more often than not i’ve come to the conclusion that there is no ‘norm’ and its like asking, or trying to define or be what what is considered ‘perfect’.

    What is perfect? What is normal? These are hard questions, made even harder with all the

    • Daniel Wright July 1, 2012 at 04:48 #

      Unnecessary media pressure? (and Muppets like me who can’t post properly?)

      I agree with you that normal is boring, I also believe there is no ‘perfect’. That would be normal wouldn’t it?

      Be yourself no matter what and life will fall into place, that’s why you have the friends and family you do because you’re you and you’re not normal.

      Celebrate that shit. Bungee jump even.

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