Normal Is Dumb

May 8, 2013 — 5 Comments

I was pretty tired this morning when I woke up at 5. The fact that I had planned to ride my bike to gym to meet my friends there made me feel even more tired.

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Reluctantly, I got my gym clothes on, checked the weather, and then put on my Vibram Five Fingers shoes, or “those weird toe-shoes” to most people.

I opened the garage door, put on my helmet that has a rear-view mirror on it’s visor, took my bike off the rack, and rode into the dim morning light.

While riding across town on a deserted street at 5:30, feeling the air rush through my toe shoes, and adjusting headphones to fit under my helmet strap, I felt weird.

But then I realized, maybe it’s not such a bad thing to be weird? In fact, maybe it’s good to be weird?

Besides, what does normal look like, anyway?

In Iowa, most people riding bicycles and even motorcycles do not wear helmets of any kind while riding with traffic. I know people look at my like some kind of sissy when I wear a helmet on my motorcycle, and especially when I wear one while on my bike. Besides, I’m hardly moving faster than fifteen miles per hour.

According to a Center for Disease Control study, almost 69% of Americans are overweight or obese. Individually, about a third of Americans are obese and a third are overweight.

According to Dave Ramsey, “Normal is broke.” And he’s right. Nearly half of the households in America have less than $10,000 saved for retirement.  Over 40 percent of families spend more than they earn. Americans carry an average of $8,400 in credit card debt.

If this is normal, then normal is dumb. Who wants to be normal?

I’ll gladly wear my dorky helmet because just a year ago one of those saved my brother’s life.

I’ll keep getting up early to meet my friends at the gym because over the past few months I’ve joined the ranks of the 69% of Americans. I’m tired of tight pants.

I’ll keep driving my 1992 Suburban allowing me to more quickly pay off my school loans so Sara and I can be debt free in one three.

Screw normal. Be weird this Wednesday.

What’s something weird you can do today?


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  • Dana

    I woke up at 435 am to work out with my good friend. We high fiver and hugged each other covered in sweat after a workout that we are pretty sure nearly killed us. I watched a co-worker toss eggs out of a third story window wrapped in various inventions by kindergarteners who were trying to keep the egg from cracking. I cheered when the egg was not cracked. I cheered when the egg did crack. I ate cereal for lunch. And before the day is over, my phone will probably call Austin and it may or may not be my fault.

    • Dana, That’s super weird! And super awesome! 4:35… that’s insane!

  • scrhill

    Awesome post!!! I’m glad that you’re not normal because I’m not either. 🙂

    • Yeah. I married a nerd. But so did you! It’s great.

  • sprgrma

    I enjoyed your post as always. I’m glad I’m neither normal, nor dumb, but am afraid I don’t have your determination.