If being normal means

  • working 9 – 5 at a place you don’t like just to get a paycheck
  • listening to the news and seeing doom and gloom
  • having a mortgage payment and owing money to anyone
  • being happy with mediocrity

then, are you normal?  Do you want to be normal?

I recall an episode of a TV show “The Twilight Zone” called “The Eye of the Beholder”  (By the way, I’m talking about the classic Twilight Zone from the 1960’s in black and white – the original and, in my opinion, the best)  throughout the episode the audience is told about how the main character has gone through a series of surgeries to correct a disfigurement so that she can fit in.  As it turns out, it’s the rest of the world that’s disfigured and she’s actually what we would call normal.

If you look at the lives of the people who have changed the way we do things and the way we see things, they were  – at least or a while – seen as weird, different…. not normal.  Some of these people suffered abuse, imprisonment, torture and even death – all because they weren’t ‘normal’ and wouldn’t conform with the insanity of what was accepted as normal for that time.

Galileo, Joan of Arc, Sir Issac Newton, Helen Keller, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandella, Bill Gates.  All of these people weren’t seen as ‘normal’.  If you really want to ‘go there’….. Jesus!  He was ridiculed and executed because he didn’t live and speak the way the ‘authorities’ wanted him to.

I say all of that to say this…

It’s one thing to be a mouse in a maze, searching for ways through to your goal.  It’s another thing to be a mouse on a wheel, using all of your energy but not getting anywhere.  Being different can be good.  In fact, the desire to be different, unique and special is a basic need that we all have.  The power and the pleasure comes from choosing a way to be significant that contributes to our own happiness and the happiness of others.

Puzzle me this, puzzle me that…

Have you ever felt like you don’t ‘fit in’?  If you have, then you aren’t alone.  And if you’re not alone then maybe you DO fit in – but with a group of people who have gone on to change the world.  It’s all a matter of perspective because

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.