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What is normal?
Deepa V R | 28 Jul 2009

It is such a strange life we lead... we meet all kinds of people, encounter different kinds of situations and react in varied ways. The question, at some point of your life, arises, "Am I normal?'... everyone definitely wonders at some moment of the day whether these very things are happening to some one else in the world right now.

In Paulo Coelho's latest book, The Winner Stands Alone', a character puts the question, "What is normal?"... to this, another character produces a list of about 25 things which according to him are normal.

From what i have gathered from my own experience as well as by seeing other people's lives around me, normal means:

 

  • getting up every monday morning with a feeling of impending doom.
     
  • Deciding everyday to take a holiday from office, yet going with a sunken face.
     
  • seniors harrassing juniors.
     
  • seniors getting credit for work done by juniors
     
  • The top management not doing anything inspite of knowing all the above
     
  • Liking some people in office, yet being wary of them thinking that they may backstab.
     
  • Wanting to have friends in office, yet not getting too close to anyone.
     
  • being happiest when you shop
     
  • being afraid of dark
     
  • being afraid of ghosts but not accepting the fact
     
  • alternatively believing and not-believing God
     
  • praying only during emergencies
     
  • falling asleep during lectures / presentations / seminars
     
  • feeling a bit guilty after behaving rudely to some one, even though he/she has always been rude and mean to you
     
  • wanting to fight but not able to
     
  • getting cold feet at some point of time while getting married
     
  • getting excited when you hear about anybody's wedding
     
  • failing before your mother-in-law while trying too hard to get into her good books
     
  • NEVER BE ABLE TO GET INTO THE GOOD BOOKS OF M-I-L EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE DONE EVERYTHING PERFECTLY
     
  • seeing a better treatment metted out to your colleague in your office only because she is better-looking than you and feeing an ounce of self-pity for yourself.
     
  • not speaking to any one while travelling in first-class compartment of local train
     
  • not preparing any food for yourself when you are alone to eat
     
  • feeling home-sick during the first month of office
     
  • Getting all nostalgic during summers
     
  • feeling very hungry and wanting to eat spicy food during rains
     
  • feeling odd to simply sit in office and not have any work to do while the rest of the world seems to be working.
     
  • believing that bad things happen to yourself only and never to others
     
  • feeling uncomfortable to eat in front of others
     
  • not being ready to accept that you or your parents are ageing
     
  • always being compared to your perfect friend whose flaws you know better than anyone else.

 

  • being afraid of old age or death and assuming that you will never realize your last moment of life.

Last, but not the least, being normal means to assume that everyone you know exhibits some or all of the characteristics mentioned above, only to reassure yourself that you too are 'normal' like everyone.