Believe it or not, you are actually pretty normal. Actually, normal is such a strange word, and I think it confuses matters. It makes you think that there is one thing that is normal, and it’s most likely something you’re not. That’s why I think most people think they are anything but normal.

But think about it – ‘normal’ is an odd concept to try to apply to over 7 billion people and that’s just the ones who are alive right now. Doesn’t it actually depend on who – or what – you are comparing yourself to?

Let’s play a game. Fans of Sesame Street will recognise this as ‘One of these things is not like the others’. OK, here we go. Nelson Mandela. George Washington. Florence Nightingale. Me. Which one stands out?

OK, which one did you pick? The only woman? The only black man? The only US president? The one you’ve never heard of?

So wait, ALL of these things are not like the others?

Look, you can always find reasons why you don’t fit in a group. That doesn’t actually even mean you don’t belong. Or that you’re not normal. Could you ever be so normal that you blend in everywhere?

Would you want to be?

There are definitely things about you that are unique, but that’s not the same as you being totally abnormal.

Disclaimer: if you have a medical/psychological disorder, a) even this is quite normal if you think of how many other people also have the same thing, and b) please don’t avoid getting help for this just because some guy on a blog seems to be saying ‘hey, don’t worry, you’re normal!’

In the grand scheme of things, you are quite normal. Unless you don’t want to be. But that’s a topic for another day.