Why Be Normal?

“If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.”

Maya Angelou
Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, 1889

“There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. While this may not seem beneficial, it is. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind.” ~ Patrick Rothfuss

“Our lives are mere flashes of light in an infinitely empty universe. In 12 years of education the most important lesson I have learned is that what we see as “normal” living is truly a travesty of our potential. In a society so governed by superficiality, appearances, and petty economics, dreams are more real than anything anything in the “real world”. Refuse normalcy. Beauty is everywhere, love is endless, and joy bleeds from our everyday existence. Embrace it. I love all of you, all my friends, family, and community. I am ceaselessly grateful from the bottom of my heart for everyone. The only thing I can ask of you is to stay free of materialism. Remember that every day contains a universe of potential; exhaust it. Live and love so immensely that when death comes there is nothing left for him to take. Wealth is love, music, sports, learning, family and freedom. Above all, stay gold.” ~ Dominic Owen Mallary

“Normal is an ideal. But it’s not reality. Reality is brutal, it’s beautiful, it’s every shade between black and white, and it’s magical. Yes, magical. Because every now and then, it turns nothing into something.” ~ Tara Kelly

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Normal /ˈnôrməl/

adjective – 1. conforming to a standard; usual, typical or expected. “it’s quite normal for puppies to bolt their food. 2. (of a line, ray, or other linear feature) intersecting a given line or surface at right angles. “a single plane of symmetry with a diad axis normal to it”

noun – 1. the usual, average or typical state or condition. “her temperature was above normal” 2. a line at right angles to a given line or surface. “the view is along the normal to the surface”

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