Normal With a Small “n”

Mitch Schneider
December 16, 2019

I’m home…

That may not seem like a big deal, but it is. Home means one step closer to normal — normal with a small “n” — and for me, that is a big deal.

Normal means being out of the hospital and in your own bed. It means showering in your own shower and sleeping through the night without interruption. It means getting back to the things that are essential — essential for my recovery. Essential for moving forward with my new life.

Normal may sound boring, but I can assure it’s not.

When normal has been wrested from you — especially, normal with a small “n” — it is something you will find yourself yearning for! And, therein lies something worthy of a conversation.

You see I’m not sure we spend enough time thinking about how grateful we should be for having that little bit of normal in our lives. How genuinely appreciative we should be for all the small things we tend to believe will always be there. Especially, when there is no guarantee they will!

When we lose them — when they are taken away and then missed — we realize that it is those little things, those normal things, that make our lives possible. They are the foundation of our ability to function and support all our energy and efforts to accomplish more.

Having been forced to function without that little bit of normal more than once now, I think it’s something worth thinking about. I think it’s something we should all do.

But, you will have to decide that for yourself.

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