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“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.” ~ Ellen Goodman

I’m not a fan of normal. Never have been. Being raised by a couple of hippies tends to do that to you. I’m by no means a wild flower child…but I’m no fan of the status quo, either.

I don’t want to live a normal life. I don’t want to do things just because that’s what other people say I “should” do. I want to do them because they’re a good idea. Because they’re good for me. Because they make me happier and healthier.

I look at the quote from Ellen Goodman and realize that kind of lifestyle is insane. Once caught in that cycle it can be very hard to break free. Woe to anyone who tries to break it–the arguments from friends and family can be quite intimidating, convincing you that because it is what they all do, you must do it too. After all, it is what you “should” do, right? My question is–who says? Why do I have to live life on that treadmill? Why can’t I redefine how my life should be lived?

Oops, did I just let my crunchy side show?

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