It’s important to ask: What is “normal?” Does “normal” look like something? Do “normal” people do or say any special things? If you had to pick the most “normal” person in a room, who would that be? Why is that person the most “normal?” Is there anything that might make that person “not normal?”
The more you explore the idea of “normal” the more you will come to understand that normal is a word that describes things that some people often do, and not things that all people always do.
It’s likely that the more you think about the person or people who can be described as “normal” in your life and what they do or how they do it, the more you’ll notice that those people have all sorts of quirks and habits that make them somehow different from others. Really, it’s more “normal” to seem different and to feel different from others than it is to feel or look like you fit in 100% of the time.
Now, if we’re going to talk about “normal” as the things that people often do, there are some things that Canadian people do that are pretty common:
- People often complete high school, not all people, but most of them
- People often have a job, or want to have a job
- People often want to have relationships, and often try to make them happen.
Are you interested in any of these things? If you say yes to even one of them, you’re a pretty “normal” person.
However, psychosis can interfere with how a person does these things, like finishing school, working, or developing relationships because the symptoms can disrupt the routine of everyday life. And so while most Canadians graduate from high school with their friends, for example, a person living with psychosis might find that schoolwork is a little more difficult, or that finishing school takes a little longer.
At first it can take a little longer to do things if a person has psychosis. Being slowed down by any health condition can make one feel left behind when they compare themselves to their friends. But over time, with patience and perseverance, and sometimes with a little help, life just starts to move forward again and it’s easier to catch up.
And just so everyone knows, most people feel like they’re being left behind at some point in their life. Feeling left behind, or out of the loop, is a pretty “normal” experience too!