Tuesday, April 7, 2015

What IS Normal Anyway?

Hey Fit Fam,

What does the word NORMAL mean? Am I normal? Are you normal? What the heck is freaking NORMAL? 

One week ago today I turned 35. I got this "snail mail" card from my dad.

For so many reasons, this card means so much to me and I will cherish it forever. But it also had me thinking about the word normal. My dad is 100% right. Normal (in terms of not begin yourself, following someone else’s lead, conforming to society standards) is highly overrated. BUT what is freaking normal? What does that word even mean?

Is their some specific set in stone standards that make you this way? Do I have to work a 9-5 job? Have a college degree? Go to church every Sunday? Have a white picked fence? Is their some checklist? You know ... like when you go to the doctor. *Do you have any allergens (check) *Do you exercise (check) *Are you normal? (Umm. I don't know. Check?!). What is normal? Sociology tells us that there are in fact “social norms” that are defined as principals that society is expected to observe. Kind of the “do’s and don’ts of society” .. but other than that there isn’t anything that defines exactly what NORMAL is/isn’t. I know that some people think I am pretty normal. But I don’t know if that is true or not because I don't know what normal is ... I’m just ME. I am my own person, with my own goals, own opinions, own struggles. None of which are likely “normal” because they are unique to ME.

My dad is right. We need to stop worrying about what is/isn’t normal because there really is no set standard. There isn’t a box to check. Normal is simply a term people use, but the definition is whatever THEY want it to be. So just be YOU… just do YOU!! Okay??

I am going to share something with you all today. Where did Simply Stacy come from?! It's more than just a catchy play on worlds. It actually came about when I went to change my MySpace name after I got divorced many years ago. I lost myself in that toxic relationship. I had no clue who I had become. I had no clue what the future held. All I knew is that I never wanted to lose myself again. As I stared at the computer box asking my name....I felt so happy and free...but was still re-discovering myself. So instead of changing my social media name back to my maiden name, the words Simply Stacy just came to me. Simply for my first name and Stacy for my last. It just stuck! I AM SIMPLY STACY  .. I AM MY NORMAL .. Who are you?!

Eat Clean. Train Dirty.

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