In college I cut my hair short, dyed it dark red, wore only vintage clothing, ate a vegetarian diet and rode a Red Schwinn cruiser to my music classes, and challenged my religious up-bringing. I'm a person who has to do things "differently" than the masses. Not that there aren't others out there (and plenty of them) like me. I just don't want to fall into the category of "normal". I don't think any of us really do, but maybe that's just my perspective.
Recently I've noticed life looking more and more normal, and I've found myself looking for ways to shake things up. As I go along, though, normal just keeps creeping in. Whomever he is. My wardrobe has lost it's "vintageness" and my hair is long and brown. My house is full of normal colors and normal dishes and furniture. I don't ride my Red Schwinn any more and I even eat normal food at normal restaurants.
In my dream last night I was wearing striped tights and my black mary janes from college. (I had other clothes, but I didn't notice them.) My students were totally freaked out by my abnormal appearance, but I was loving life. I felt unique again. I need to get out of normal land. It helps that I'm teaching Dr. Seuss to my 2nd grade students. He's not "normal" and he gives me ideas that aren't predictable.
I know the word all on its own is just plain offensive to some people. You're not supposed to tell children to "just act normal" and if you do you're in trouble. The good thing is I don't want my students to be "normal". I want them to be creative and expressive. I want them to learn how to think and solve problems. The quandry is that it makes things messy in a classroom. If everyone is being "abnormal" you don't get much done.
I'm on a quest....a keep normal out quest. It will have to happen slowly because I can't let myself rock the boat too dramatically or I'll get scared. I guess that's how normal got here in the first place!!