being normali seem to remember a long email conversation with matthew eakin who claimed that he first wrote this. it's all over the internet so i have no way to prove this. i have included his details here just to stop him getting shitty.
being normal has always been one of my greatest fears. living smack dab in the middle of the bell shaped curve would mean to excel at nothing. in the western world it would mean being fat and sedentary. it would mean having few if any interests beyond eating, sex and other forms of self gratification. it would mean having no interest in one's own culture and society no less that of other countries. virtually eveything worth accomplishing is done by the abnormal segment of the population. this is equally applicable to sports, intellectual pursuits and the arts. the truly astounding advancements come from those farthest removed from the norm. i have never been satisfied with trying be average at anything i attempt, i equate normalcy to not trying or caring. i think everyone no matter what their limitations can find some endeavor in which they can be positively abnormal. its unfortunate how few search out and exercise their gift. whether it be ultrarunning, playing a musical instrument or being a corporate executive the value is in achieving one's potential, not in its importance to society as a whole.