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normality is a paved road.

Today, I wanted to draw attention to a really cool quote by Van Gogh, “Normality is a paved road. It’s comfortable to walk on, but no flowers grow on it.” The idea that remaining in a state of comfortability keeps us from living a life of adventure is not a new concept to grasp, but one that I often forget to apply to my own life.

Lately, I’ve been trying to make decisions and do things not because of the opinions or actions of others, but because it’s something that I genuinely want to do. It can be easy to become a people pleaser, doing things just for the approval, but that gets boring after a while. You sit back one day and ask yourself why you do what you do, and you can’t come up with an answer because of how much you’ve let other people control your life.

This can show up in subtle ways, but even then, we are depriving the world of our true self. Everyone knows that they are unique, but a lot of us do not truly realize the importance of embracing that. We all have something different to offer the world. While you standing out from the crowd may not seem worthwhile or convenient now, know that even when you’re unaware of it, you being your authentic self makes the world a better place.

Being like other people may be efficient for a little while, but true fulfillment comes from being who God has called you to be. Because honestly, no one is “normal,” so what’s the point of faking it? Don’t waste your time.

Thanks for reading,



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