Guest Author - Amy Packham
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.
I came across the quote on the BellaOnline admin page. As I have mentioned before, they provide a daily quote on this page, which is quite fitting for my site area. I like daily quotes in the fact that they don't just have to be deep and inspiring and quotes that have to 'mean something' but a lot of them are light hearted and ironic, creating humour.
I felt this quote was a more light-hearted quote, but one that I also thought was very fitting and true. I think it's based around the idea that we are always wanting more, we always want more and dream of more and think that when we get more we will 'achieve' something. Here in this case - it is money. The idea of this quote however stems from the fact that although we want more, this is based around a normality that everyone experiences.
What is normal? Normal is getting up and not having everything in life. Normal is waking up and having things to do, people to see, challenges to face. Normal is having that realization that nothing is ever enough.
This quote doesn't downgrade people who have little money, but upgrades them into a society where everybody is the same. Because the fact that people work and pay the money they have on bills and few luxuries is the reality of most people's lives. We admire and are in awe of people who don't find money being an issue, who don't have constraints when it comes to money but we are not in the minority.
Being a university student this quote obviously stood out for me, money (or a lack of it) can cause a lot of stress, as well as trying to get money and find a job or debating on whether to spend money, trying to save money, or just wanting more money! I guess everybody has their frustrations with money... but it is all normal.