Normal or Unique?

I have been giving this a lot of thought lately, ok, since last night. What makes us normal and what makes us unique? And when someone says that you are not normal do you take that as a compliment or an insult? For me, I have always taken a lot of pride in not being normal. However, what does that mean? What is normal? Am I really normal and just don’t know it? Are the mini-van driving, soccer moms really the unique ones?
Really, I am who I am, I honestly didn’t set out to be strange, weird, and unique, however you would like to say it. I did spend a lot of time in high school hiding aspects of my personality, Tammi forbade me to read in her presence (with good reason), I hid the Star Trek watching, sci-fi loving, reading constantly Angie. What people got to see was sarcastic, snotty Angie. Total aspect of my personality, but they just didn’t get the full Angie.
We do spend a lot of time in school trying to fit in, well, most people do, there are the ones that just don’t care, and that seems more and more prevalent, and, well, all I can say is good for you! There will always be the “mean girls” and trust me when I tell you I met all of them in Owasso. That movie Mean Girls didn’t begin to show all aspects of amount of bullying that girls are capable of.
This is not an entry on bullying however, it is about what makes us different, what constitutes normalcy. I like to think I am not average, normal, words that equate boring in my mind. Let me list the ways I believe I am not “normal”. I will read anything I can get my hands on; however, I have a huge need to read romance novels as well as classic literature. I am equally a fan of Kiss as well as Britney Spears (yes, I said it). I don’t dress like a soccer mom; I still love high heels, in fact, the higher the better. I love romantic comedies as much as I love a good science fiction movie. I prefer Macy’s to Dillards, BCBG to Talbots anything shiny distracts me. I can remember every single television show I have ever seen, every book I have ever read, every job function that I have ever performed; I can remember things that happened when I was two years old. I am firmly convinced that when I am 90 my brain will explode from all of the useless information in there. It is that or I will eventually look like the aliens from that Star Trek episode “The Menagerie”. If you are not a Star Trek fan, look them up, you will be horrified. I wish I could let some of the stuff that is in there out, but I have not come up with a reasonable solution as of yet. I want to know, what makes you unique. Or better yet, what do you think makes you unique.
I am just me, as I get older I am having tendencies to allow all aspects of my personality show. It seems to be working for me.

4 Replies to “Normal or Unique?”

  1. We must, unfortunately, be both. We cannot totally be unique or we would never relate to other humans and could not be part of the Social Contract that humans need to live.
    But 95% of the human race is sheep. Everyone has their own uniqueness, but having the strength of convictions to go partially your own way when it is against “standard” social conventions is a good thing.

  2. I agree with Jess. I like being unique and in some cases I like being normal. Sometimes normalcy can be over rated.

  3. mom and Mr. Glotzbach…. Y’all are not normal you are uhh…very unique…. 😛 lol

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