“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” Maya Angelou

What is “normal”? 

The dictionary definition is, “the usual, average, or typical state or condition.” The adjective definition is, “conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected.”

Let me ask this: Is there such a thing as a normal person?

Eileen Caddy said, “A human being is a single being. Unique and unrepeatable.”     

Sure, we have a similar blueprint in terms of the interior of our physical bodies, but, even then, I say ‘similar”. Some people are born with holes in their heart, others missing a key part of their digestive system. There are even people born smaller than others.

In our society today, we have made this unrealistic standard of normalcy, a cookie cutter mold that it places on each and every person. If you do not fit the mold, you are either forced into the mold or discarded, left to be fed upon by the rats.

The truth is this: You were created with a unique mold that is “unrepeatable”, as Eileen stated.

Many of us have the same trails, whether its chronic pain or another type of chronic illness, but the one you walk is unique to you, and you alone.

In short, YOU ARE YOU!

For those with chronic illnesses, do not force yourselves to try to live up to the expectations of the  rest of the “normal world”.  After all, in the words of Erma Bombeck, “Normal is just a setting on your dryer.” Who defines normal?

Throw out the cookie cutter!

I know this is not easy to hear, but embrace the life you have been given, treasuring every unique quality and facing every challenge with determination. Work to show the rest of the world that you do not fit their idea of “normal”.  Don’t settle for just being “normal”.  Like the mighty phoenix, sore far above.

Embrace your uniqueness.

Keep up the fight!