Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it. Ellen Goodman American journalist (1941 - )

I think this is a great quote, and a nice wee thought-provoker for this week to boot. What do you think is normal? Is there such a thing as normal? Since we are all different, and our lives are all about different circumstances, how can we put averages in place that nobody can ever quite fit in with?

If there's one thing that I've learned moving around and living in different countries it's that the definition of normal varies greatly depending on whom you ask. Cultural differences occur wherever there are groups of people interacting in a certain way; and not just at a national level, also inside organizations and from one village to the next.

Are you comparing yourself to the Joneses? What's a normal hair-do? Do you think fitting in and conforming is something to aspire to, or are you a rebel?

As long as we are not interfering with anybody else's journey to happiness, I think it's ok to be different sometimes, add some spice. Imagine we were all vanilla, how boring! If you have some time to spare, take this fun quiz to learn more about your normalcy, or lack thereof.

Til next time, have an outrageous one!

Image by Richard Sintchak, Flickr, Creative Commons License

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