What Is Normal?

I’ve often had an issue with ‘being normal’, which is why I decided to observe the way life influences or creates many versions of this thing called ‘normal’. I find it fascinating how life manipulates the way people perceive the sights and events encountered in their environment. Don’t you?

In this section I reveal the lessons I’ve learned regarding this enigmatic concept, including the impact of influence on our perception of normal. I also discuss the fact that normal can be both characteristic and conditional, an insight that brings a whole new dimension to the word. Best of all, I show just how fine the line is between ‘normal’ and ‘different’, and how being different can in fact be quite the normal thing to do.

📂 Normalisation Files
  • Influence & Normalisation
    • In the eye of the beholder—learn how familiarity can transform the exceptional into normal, and how fear can turn normal into a condition to be avoided at all costs.
  • The Weight of Foreign Influence
    • The geography of normalcy—observe how distance can affect the perception of what is normal, with greater distances increasing a sense of abnormality and even dread.
  • What Is Normal?
    • My abnormal version of normal—see how maintaining a common ground normal with others became increasingly harder as my taste for the abnormal grew ever stronger over time.
  • Just a Spoonful to Start…
    • A slippery slope down the rabbit hole—follow the trajectory of my abnormal journey, where a small taste led to a lifetime diet of ever-increasing hits of anti-normal behaviour.
  • My Internal Apocalypse
    • Relative normality—discover how only by seeing past the illusion of normal was I able to see just how normal I really am, faults, flaws, and quirks included.
  • Our Differences
    • Subtle course changes—see how even the slightest difference between me and you can turn into a huge distance as our lifetime journey takes us ever further apart.