Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly. – Morticia Addams

Are you normal? Am I normal? How do we even know? While my Bourke Accounting employers and co-workers are capable, knowledgeable and efficient (and very cool), I think they’re a pretty weird crew. However, I’m pretty weird, too, so I know whence I speak.

For example, every morning when I get out of the shower, I kiss my fingers and then touch the shower head. Why? I have no idea. I don’t know if I’m thanking the water, the water company or the universe. This is something I’ve done since I was tall enough to reach and I thought this was completely normal. I happened to mention it to someone and she looked at me like I was a full-on psycho.

So, I guess not everyone thanks the water after washing their pits. Good to know.

There are some things we know are kinda out of the norm. For example, if you walk into a friend’s house, find him sitting in the corner, eating flies and repeating the counties of New Jersey in alphabetical order over and over, you might want to have a little sit-down with him (preferably with an interventionist). Most of us have some issue with authority, intimacy, abandonment or public speaking. We’ve all met people who are so defensive that even the most innocuous of comments invokes a vicious response. All of these are the kind of normal weirdness that we’re used to.

But how do you know if you’re normal normal? Scientificamerican.com has a few guidelines to help us. For example, you have a healthy personality if you have “more positive than negative emotions in daily life” (Scientificamerican.com). Negative people are a downer for the rest of us, however, it must be even worse for the negative person. These guys are forced to live in their own little pessimistic and dismal noggins. Of course, they’re sort of depressing, but they still fall within the “normal” spectrum, I think. Another way to tell if you’re normal is if you are able to cultivate a “warm, authentic connection to others” (Scientificamerican.com). In order to accomplish this, one must be empathetic and sympathetic enough to view others as fellow living creatures with emotions and needs. Yup, that sounds about normal to me (although, I’ve admitted that I’m weird, so take my opinion with some salt on top).

The good thing is that the old adage that goes something like, “if you think you’re crazy, you’re not,” is actually true. According to Gerald Goodman, PhD and emeritus professor of psychology at UCLA, “believing that you are going crazy is a good clue that you are sane” (Webmd.com). Dr. Goodman believes that really unbalanced people have no idea that they’ve lost the thread. They simply think that they are the only sane one in a world full of crazy people. Of course, in these chaotic times, it’s easy to decide that we’re going a little squirrely. Because “there is more stress today than in previous generations” (Psychcentral.com), we’re all susceptible to “depression and mood disorders” (Psychcentral.com). This is especially true if you happen to be someone who has a genetic predisposition to these afflictions.

Are you normal? Maybe, maybe not. Your Bourke Accounting professional, as I’ve said, isn’t a shrink. However, if you have a Bourke Accounting expert working for you, you will sleep better, eat better and be kinder to small animals with the knowledge that all of your finances are being well taken care of by the best in the business. Make an appointment and share your weird, little habits with a Bourke Accounting specialist today!

Come see us any time. Our number is 502-451-8773 and don’t forget to visit our website at www.bourkeaccounting.com. See you soon!

Written by Sue H.