Friday, 18 May 2012

EXTRAORDINARILY ORDINARY




In my quest to be an extraordinary human who leaves her mark on the world, I fear I have turned out to be just the opposite…an extraordinarily ordinary human!

Who you may ask is an extraordinarily ordinary human? According to the dictionary the word “ordinary” signifies many things which include being of common or established type or occurrence; familiar, everyday, or unexceptional; uninteresting or commonplace.

Now adding extraordinary to the word ordinary I can say that I am exceptionally or remarkably of common or established type or occurrence; familiar, everyday, or unexceptional; uninteresting or commonplace.

Many of us (and I wouldn’t dare to say that most of us) have that special yearning to do something special, something so impressive and incomparable that we stand out from among the ordinary crowd. I am no exception; and there I believe is where I become one of the crowds, one of the many who want to do so much in life but never somehow end up doing anything that can count as even ordinary.

So caught up in dreaming of the impossible and exceptional have I become over the years that I most often forget what I am here to do…being a good daughter, a good wife, a good mother, good sister, good employee; these being the last on my list when I am fantasising with stars in my eyes. Over the years those fantasies have changed and I have had to modify them as age catches up and I move on to yet another stage in life, but the fantasies have stayed.

So what have I learnt from all this? That ordinary, mundane and what we might term, commonplace things in everyday life are mind-numbing and dreary but doing them to the best of my ability with all my faculties is where the extraordinary comes in focus!  I am now gradually and painfully coming to the conclusion that being ordinary is where the extraordinary lies!