Why Do You (Still) Pretend To Be Normal?

In these strange days of pandemic and lockdowns, many articles have been written about what life may be like when it is all over. Will we ever go back to being as we were, or will we have adapted into a ‘new normal?’ It was therefore a bit of a coincidence to see that I had posted this a year ago today, and I thought it worth sharing again for newer readers, or for those who might have enjoyed it so much the first time round and might be so bored in lockdown that they would welcome a chance to see it again.

As you will see, the main part of this is a reworked version of a post I originally wrote in 2013, but I haven’t really changed my view in the intervening seven years. Normal, for me, may still very well be different from what passes for normal for you or others: I’m pretty certain that Numpty Trumpty’s version of normality is miles away from mine, for example! Whatever (to get in a plug for my WOTY), it is a concept that I think we might all be revisiting in the months and years to come: “do you remember what life BC was like?” Let’s revisit this in a year’s time and see what we think then!

A couple of footnotes:
1. Mention is made in the previous posts of Men’s Health Week – it is coming around again, this year from 15-21 June.
2. BC, in case you needed reminding, stands for ‘Before Coronavirus.’

Take It Easy

A fellow blogger – Stevie Turner – published a post on Monday about the odd phrases that people have entered into search engines as a result of which they have landed on her blog. Her post is called ‘WordPress Search Terms,’ and can be found here – as with all her posts, I recommend it. I’ve often marvelled at some of the weird and wonderful things people search for. In my case, I once wrote a post for Think About Sex Day – yes, it really does exist – which gave me the opportunity to use the word ‘sex’ in the post’s tags, giving rise (or not, ahem) to countless disappointed people since then. I commented on Stevie’s post that my all time favourite was someone who had found my blog by asking ‘why do you pretend to be normal?’ I’ve always hoped that wasn’t aimed specifically at me, but…

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10 thoughts on “Why Do You (Still) Pretend To Be Normal?

  1. Grammy Writes May 29, 2020 / 2:57 pm

    These days, “normal” is doing things differently than you’ve ever done them before!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Clive May 29, 2020 / 3:27 pm

      Quite! We’re living in strange times.


  2. Mrs ESTJ May 29, 2020 / 2:52 pm

    Ah well if you have any tips, let me know. I’ve been failing at it for over 30 years.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Clive May 29, 2020 / 3:26 pm

      From my experience, that doesn’t get any better with age 😊

      Liked by 1 person

    • Clive May 29, 2020 / 2:50 pm

      I’ve been doing it for 66 years, it’s become a habit 😉


  3. tidalscribe May 29, 2020 / 1:10 pm

    Luckily we are not allowed to use BC any more as in ( time apparently starting Anno Domini ) Before Christ, so there is a vacancy and BC has moved on 2020 years.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Clive May 29, 2020 / 1:25 pm

      I’m not really fussed about the BC/AD versus BCE/CE thing if I’m honest, but I think starting the clock again at 2020 makes some sense 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Stevie Turner May 29, 2020 / 12:57 pm

    Ha ha, thanks for the mention again, Clive. What the hell is ‘normal’ these days?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Clive May 29, 2020 / 1:01 pm

      YVW Stevie. I don’t think any of us has the first clue what comprises ‘normal’ now, if we ever did!

      Liked by 1 person

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