Thursday, 11 October 2012

Normality

There are infinite definitions to the word "normal". To different people, it can also mean different things. For instance what could be perfectly "normal" to me, such as eating pizza at midnight (I don't really do that), could be absolutely "abnormal" so someone else. The reason I put the word normal in quotation marks is because I believe that there is no correct definition of "normal". To put this into perspective, here's an example of abnormality that we can relate to; fictional characters.
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One fictional character that I feel relates to me would be Milo from the Phantom Tollbooth written by Norton Juster.

Milo is an average boy who feels all activity is a waste of time, and is very discouraged by everything. But one day when he returns home from school, he finds a package with mysterious contents. Inside, is a tollbooth and a map. So, Milo decides to take his toy car, drive through the tollbooth and enter the lands of "Expectations". He then goes on a journey full of twists and turns, that changes his perspective of everything, and he becomes interested in the now beautiful and diverse world around him. To learn more about the book, click here.

To me, I find Milo a rather "abnormal" person, as he has a very pessimistic outlook on life, and does not have a single aim or hope in his future. This is quite strange, as usually boys of his age are full of joy and enthusiasm, but apparently he is different. Now, what I'm trying to say here is it all depends on your perspective and you might have your opinions (feel free to tell me them in the comments) but people will judge you on the way you are, but as long as you are yourself, no one will mind.

I feel that Milo relates to me in a way, not in his attitude, but in his "spirit". Because from the book I get the picture that Milo is actually a boy of many dreams and aspirations, just doesn't dares to voice them out. But after going through his adventure through the tollbooth, he allowed himself to be himself and lighten up his own life for his own betterment. I feel that this is kind of the same for me (not that I have been on a journey in another world) but in the way Milo looks at himself and the world around him after he let himself free.

What about you? What do you see as "normal"? Have you got any "abnormal" characters you can compare yourself with?

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