What is Normal?

In the beginning of time, Blank begat Person, who begat So-and-So, who begat Such-and-Such, et cetera, et cetera… The beginning of a long line of same shit, different day consisting of trying to be “normal” in society: make a living, fall in love, make money for retirement, grow old, and well, you know, die eventually. It’s been like this for centuries, and even more so since we stopped having to worry about being chased by lions, tigers, and bears (oh my). At least I am prone to believing that it was a lot harder to think about a career or retirement in primitive and early human history…

What is normal in relation to living a life?

I work two jobs, as an apartment manager and at a sandwich shop for a total of 60+ hours a week. I also own a very small business, and just signed up to drive for Uber to help grow my savings on my free time. Is that normal? No, probably not, but it’s my normal. I have my own place to live, a wonderful dog named Azzurri, and FIFA 16; at this point in my life that’s all I really need.

The reality though, is that most of the people in America are working multiple jobs 40 or more hours a week to try and save money to enjoy their life the way they desire. I include myself among this group, and the odds are that you are also one of the tens of millions of people in this country doing the same in trying to break through the lower class and into the middle class. Trying to break through your worries of being able to pay your rent or mortgage, your utilities, your cable, your internet, your phone bill, your car and insurance, your medical needs, gas, and lest we forget about food, and those of these that apply for the ones you take care of as well. Not to mention paying for emergencies… The list goes on.

How are we supposed to find the ability, drive, and motivation to break through when we work so much just to survive? So many of us are already working so hard to provide for the level we are already at that we hardly even have time to plan for the future.

Some politicians say that if you can afford cable TV, a gaming system, and other “luxury” items then you aren’t really doing that bad for yourself. Well, all I have to say is they likely haven’t ever lived a day in shoes even closely resembling the average American citizen.

My degree sits menacingly on my desk, reminding me that I could pursue a career in accounting, but the field doesn’t inspire me right now. People tell me it’s a good field and pays well, but I’m 27 going on 28 and sitting in a desk all day is not how I’d like to spend my next few years. With my job as an apartment manager I get my rent and utilities covered and get to spend all day at home with my dog and make his life better than if I was at an office all day. That makes me feel a lot better than if I had the money to do things I want but didn’t get to experience his life with him. It hurts enough having to leave him at home when I am at my other job as it is, because I know how much he loves me and misses me every time I leave him.

There is a lot of pressure to pursue a career though right now. Not necessarily coming from anyone, but from the knowledge that I know I am not wanting to work two jobs for my whole life and the reality that I can’t manage an apartment building forever.

When people find out I have an accounting degree at the sandwich shop most of them ask why I am even there. I feel a little let down every time I answer, because I know how it sounds when I say I have an accounting degree and I am working in a sandwich shop, but I just tell them the same thing with a smile: I work two jobs and my apartment and sandwiches are free, so I am just trying to enjoy my twenties with my dog for now, and I give them the best damn sandwich I can make in the process because I take pride in my work, a job well done, and happy customers.

Is my life normal? No, probably not, but it’s my normal, and I’m happy to be where I am. At least for now, of course.

Tell me what your normal is and what you think it should be in the comments!

I want to hear what others’ experiences are and your thoughts on the subject of what is normal in society. One of the best ways we can try to understand the world is through others’ experiences and any chance I have to hear about someone’s views I am open to their perspective.


What this Blog is About

When I created this, I wanted to make a blog that shared different music I had been listening to. I was in college at the University of Oregon and was discovering a lot of new music as I met and hung out with new people. Naturally, I wanted the share various new artists on my playlist including, and definitely not limited to: Nujabes, MF Doom and especially his collaboration Special Herbs under the name Metal Fingers, CYNE, One Be Lo, A Tribe Called Quest, Dynospectrum, Del and Heiroglyphics, and so, so, so many more.

Having a love for many other genres than just hip-hop I guess you could say I had an eclectic mix of genres that I liked. So, the name jumped out at me immediately. But I just made the blog and left it sitting as enjoying life and college took priority to it.

Until one day…

It was during the NBA finals of 2011 and the Dallas Mavericks were going against the Miami Heat with LeBron James the year after Lebron left Cleveland. Seemingly every single person on Facebook (who cared about the NBA at least) was obsessing over the Mavericks beating the “bandwagon” team Miami because of the traitorous LeBron James who dared to leave him former team to have a better chance at a championship and dynasty. And I couldn’t take it any longer. I had to write. But nobody on Facebook wants to read a rant about that and I don’t want to offend my family and friends who may really dislike LeBron, so I logged into my account here and unleashed my thoughts in a post and left the blog sitting again for a long slumber.

Life went on: I got a dog; finished college; moved back home to Beaverton; started a t-shirt company; applied for jobs; moved out; applied for jobs; moved back home; applied for jobs; moved to help family in The Dalles at the family orchard; moved back home; moved to Los Angeles for a job as an apartment manager, and that’s basically where I am at now.

So why am I blogging again? 

Mostly a combination of loving to write, experiencing new things as I have only recently moved to Los Angeles after growing up in Oregon, and a tinge of boredom.

What is this blog going to be about?

I simply want to share on various topics, whether it be songs or artists on my playlist, how much I love when it rains in Los Angeles, recipes of dishes I find delicious, a rant on a probably fairly random topic considering the eclectic nature of the blog, and probably at least once a post about my dog Azzurri. My life and experiences have been opened up and enriched by the things that have been shared with me, and it is my hope that even if this blog only encourages one or two people in the history of the world to listen to any of the musical artists I shared in that first paragraph my mission has been accomplished.

Also, I find typos in the media to be really annoying so I will probably post at least one time about that… I mean how do these newspapers and media publications pay editors and still have glaring typos? My dream job would be to be a freelance editor so I could just correct grammar all day, but don’t worry, I don’t dig through Facebook comments to correct people individually. Those people are not chill. I just think media productions that pay people to edit and post their material can’t catch simple grammatic and spelling errors.

Alright, I’ve digressed enough…end rant and post.