How Normal Am I?

March 4, 2024
David Sunnyside

During the coronavirus pandemic, many people are struggling to feel normal. Whether you're socially distancing from family and friends, managing kids homeschooling during the crisis, coping with a new professional reality or recovering from the illness yourself, there are reminders everywhere that nothing is the same as it was before.

As a result, feeling like yourself can be difficult — but it's important to remember that you're allowed to feel normal, even for brief moments. That's why we asked 15 people about the small things that help them feel like themselves again. Their tactics might inspire you to find your own way back to feeling normal.

The latest trend in tech is an AI-powered tool that analyzes your face and tells you how normal it is. The tool, which is based on the EU-funded research project SHERPA, accesses your camera (with your permission) to display an interactive documentary of how different facial algorithms assess your beauty, age, gender, emotions, BMI and life expectancy.

It's important to note that the word "normal" has been historically and socially constructed. The idea that one way of being is more normal than another is an inherently flawed concept. But that doesn't mean it's impossible to change the conversation about what's considered "normal." Rather than focus on defining and judging individuals by the same criteria, we could shift our perspective to embracing individual differences. In doing so, we can create a world where everyone feels included and valued for being themselves.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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