Define normal. When you consider there are 7.5 billion human beings on the planet – you soon come to realize it is an impossible task, because normal, simply, does not exist. Every single one of us is completely unique – I repeat, no two of us on this entire planet is the same. We, Homo sapiens, however, spend a great deal of time naming, sorting, and classifying things trying to standardize everything and everyone. It is our way of making sense of the world.
Personal labels are either bequeathed to us through a diagnosis (judgement) from others, or, we categorize ourselves by self-determination. The important part is what we do with those assigned labels.
This, like everything else in life, simply, becomes a choice – a conscious decision.
In my opinion, when you accept, and, believe the implied negativity of those assigned designations, it leads you to becoming convinced that you are abnormal in our culture of perceived perfection. For many this provides an excuse for sitting back and complaining about being unable, or, for that matter, not even trying to accomplish something that others can easily execute. In short, the diagnosis becomes the identity. This constant litany of deficits continually feeds the detrimental self-actualizing prophecy of failure.
In contrast, you can use the allocated tags and challenges to strategize and work harder towards a higher level of achievement through a willingness to experiment and learn by making mistakes.
I will repeat, there is no normal. Every single one of us has our own issues, trials, and tribulations (admittedly, some bigger than others). It is absolutely essential, therefore, to understand that, ultimately, (probably sooner than later) your truth (personal reality) is the direct reflection of the stories you tell about yourself.
The DRC Spring Concert The DRC Band will be performing an eclectic mix of classic rock and new music, May 9th at the Canton Free Library at 12:30. Everyone is welcome.
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