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You can call me a lot of things, but normal is not one of them.
I am not normal. I never have been, I never will be. I think normal is boring. I am wild, rebellious and have never acted my age. Nothing about me ever makes sense….my tastes in music, fashion, literature, movies and men vary wildly. My kids have never had a normal mom, my husband has never had a housewife. I am not against “normal” as a rule, it’s just not for me. I need something different to make me feel balanced. I like change. I am what you would call punky-prep. I also have a hippie spirit. It depends on my mood really. My hair has been every color of the rainbow, I have never worn a pantsuit and Chucks are my choice of sneakers.
Normal Is Boring
I am going to be 40 in March. I thought it would bother me. I have never aged gracefully. My 25th, 30th and 35th birthdays brought me to tears. My 40th birthday is looming but for some reason it feels freeing. I am honestly at the age where I feel it’s appropriate to say I am too old for this sh*t. 😉 2016 was so hard and I worked way to hard to fit into other people’s lives and perceptions. 2017 is going to be the year where Jen embraces her old philosophy of her 20’s “you can kiss my grits”. Trying to be what others wanted made me sick. Literally. Inside and out.
I learned a few things last year. I am not liberal OR conservative. I will never be able to work in an office or for anyone else, ever. I am best working for myself. I learned my husband and I have to take control of our lives, we have been doing what others told us to do for far too long. It has been killing us. I learned that if people expect me to be obligated to them, they should return the favor and if they don’t? Move on. I learned that I am not NORMAL. Well I knew this before, but I learned that I just need to be comfortable with me. I am not too bad. I am loyal, fierce and fight for what I believe in. Some of the knowledge I have gained this year from conflicting views of others and intelligent conversations about such things has been amazing.
This all goes along with my New Year New You motto. It’s a brand new year and I am going into a brand new decade of my life. My kids are getting older and graduating. It’s time to be me!!! We are a diverse world. Your normal might be strange to others and vice versa. None of us fit in a mold. Honestly, if we did, wouldn’t that be boring? So don’t be normal. Be you. Normal is boring.