Thursday, 11 October 2012

Being Abnormal?

 Is there really such a thing as normal? Does it really exist? We live in an ever-evolving society in which each individual is becoming ever more critical of the people and the world around them. The term "Normal" is no longer just the way people categorize and perceive each other. It's almost a derogatory term placed upon individuals who have no perceived "extraordinary" qualities. Just another human being conformed into the mould of being "normal". Looking at it from different perspectives though, what's normal to one person may be abnormal to another. For example, let's take the simple situation of studying as soon as you get home. This may be normal to some and abnormal to others. This is where the unfathomable idea of "abnormal" enters the picture. For if "normal" cannot have an indistinguishable meaning no matter where you go, then how can "abnormal" have one? Therefore, I will not express my views on an "abnormal" character by calling him normal or abnormal. I will just state his name.

Lionel Messi. Greatly regarded as one of the best players in history, the term "abnormal" doesn't really fit with his name. Terms such as "Phenomenal" and "Astonishing" are usually associated with him. Starting out from the Barcelona youth team, he scored a superlative first goal for the senior squad as a fledgling at the age of 17 years old.  Many thought that his performances were only a fluke in his lifetime and at several intersections during his early career doubts were placed upon his future successes. Hardly did anyone know that he would take up a spot in history larger than Ronaldinho. Leaving a trail which would become more eminent than the person who flicked the ball over to give him his first goal. 

Just a quick statement: in no way are my practical skills on the field even eligible to be compared to his. I do feel that I have a slight connection to him though. For just like him, soccer is my passion. One which I have an unquenchable thirst for. Another part of him which I think relates to me is the ability to not fit oneself into the mould of what society deems "normal". He doesn't care what others think about him, criticism passes through one ear and out the other and most importantly, no matter what successes he may come across, he doesn't let it get to his head. He keeps on working, setting goals and improving himself. Stretching himself to his own limits.

For what is life without a goal? What more can you accomplish if you are satisfied with what you achieved?

I'll leave you with those questions. Maybe you'll find an "abnormality" in yourself.

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