Your definition of Normal

Abhishek Rathan Athreya
2 min readMar 14, 2018

“You always seem busy.”

“You are either working out or working.”

“Why can’t you have a normal life?”

These were the questions, posed by my friends and family, when they got to know that I shuffled between numerous interests throughout the day.

Instead of being appalled by their sense of normal, I began to question my life and my choices. I began to wonder if I was biting off more than I can chew.

As a result of this self-doubt, I decided to conduct an experiment.

A day in the normal life.

My alarm rang at 5 a.m sharp, as I reached out to turn it off and jump out of bed, I realized that I had to be normal. So I set an alarm for 7 a.m and went back to sleep. In those 2 hours, I flipped from one side to the other 123 times and felt guilty about missing the gym 23 times.

I woke up at 7 a.m, full of guilt, regret and restlessness. I walked into the bathroom and realized that I was running super late. Again, being super late was considered normal, so I pushed through. I got ready, rushed through the house, got dressed and ran towards my company cab. I had missed breakfast, which was again very normal.

I reached office feeling lazy and unmotivated. The whole day passed by with numerous instances of head ache. Again, perfectly normal!

Finally, I reached home, freshened up and sat down to write my Medium post. The voices of all my friends and family asked me —

“Why can’t you have a normal life?”

I ignored that voice and began typing my Medium post because that was normal to me.

I may seem extra or too much in the eyes of other people, but my normal is —

  • Waking up early.
  • Working out.
  • Eating meals on time.
  • Working hard EVERYDAY.
  • Writing my Medium post.

I don’t expect anyone to treat this as normal, but I know from the bottom of my heart that this is my definition of normal.

In Summary

People around you may question your life and choices. They may force you to rethink what normal means to you. But, we need to understand that because we are different people, our definitions of normal are very different. One definition is not better or worse than the other. It is just a matter of choice. You choose your normal and you don’t owe anyone an explanation to it!

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Abhishek Rathan Athreya

Self-Improvement blogger. Motivational speaker. Technology Enthusiast.