What is normal? According to Webster, normal is “conforming to a standard, usual, typical, or expected.” Though what is normal for you, might not be normal for me. What is normal in this country, might not be normal in another country. What was normal in the 90’s, might not be normal in 2018. As such, normal is quite a relative term that can depend upon and be influenced by person, place, and time. So depending on when, where, or who we’re comparing ourselves too, there is a chance that everything we do, think, or feel is potentially not normal to someone else, some other place, or some other period. If this is the case, then why did normal become such an important benchmark? If every one, every time, and every place, has a somewhat different interpretation of what is normal, then aren’t we setting ourselves up for significant frustration and confusion? We see it all the time. Arguing about different perspectives. Ostracizing someone because they’re “off.” Giving myself a hard time for wearing stonewashed jeans as a teen. Claiming in defense that we’re right…they’re wrong. We’re the normal ones, they’re the weird ones. Yet, at the exact same time…they’re thinking the same thing about us! So who is right? Normal person 1…or normal person 2? Place A or Place B? Decade in the past or current time? Perhaps we shouldn’t worry so much about being normal and instead just enjoy being ourselves and appreciating others. Because after all, none of us are normal.