Many people think that “being normal” -or normalcy, in short- stems from being perfect. Otherwise, why would people want to be the best, the prettiest, the richest? It’s not considered “normal” by society perhaps, per se, but it’s normal to want these things. But what some people don’t realise is that imperfections are perfectly normal too. It’s the most normal thing in the world, even. It’s okay to not be okay. It’s not okay to be forever and always okay without a hint of not-okay-ness. To put it simply, everyone in this world has flaws, and everyone makes mistakes, and that’s the most normal thing in the world.

Normalcy is very subjective here, however. Some people don’t want to be the normal stereotype, they want to be weird and unique. That’s completely fine too. In fact, being weird and unique…is normal too!

At this point, probably most of you are shaking your heads and wondering if I’m deliriously rambling but trust me, okay, this is going somewhere. Remember when I said normalcy is subjective? Well, normalcy to me isn’t what people commonly define as “bland, mundane and boring”, but more like what is being done by more than one person. So, safe to say, there is no one in this world who is truly alone.

There is no point to this post, and it sounded way, way better in my head than when laid out in words. But ultimately the message I’m trying to spread is; when you think you’re abnormal and not of the norm, don’t worry and be fearful, because you’re you and that’s the most normal thing that anyone can hope for.


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Michelle Teoh

26-year-old cynical Asian, book enthusiast and purveyor of fine sarcasm.

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