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I recently visited with a group of visually impaired teens in preparation for speaking to them at their graduation. One of them made a comment that “We just want to feel normal.” I understood the sentiment and had deep compassion for the struggles these kids face that most of us will never experience.

A wave of emotion welled up inside of me, however, and I wanted to take this girls face in my hands and plead, “Please don’t, no matter what you do, please don’t EVER settle for normal.” Normal is average. Normal is boring. Normal is choosing not to be extraordinary! Normal is defined as “conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected.” Normal is joining the rank and file who go through the emotions every day and never experience the full spectrum and magnificence of life.

Exceptional people stand out in a sea of mediocrity. Choose that!