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Damaged vs. Normal

I have a friend on Facebook who always posts "famous" people's quotes that verify her unhappiness in life. I usually sigh, and move on. But she gets "likes" and comments. 

Today, she posted a quote I could not ignore. It was a picture of a famous actor, Jonhnny Depp with this quote: 

"We're all damaged in our own way. Nobody's perfect. I think we are all somewhat screwy, every single one of us." 

I had to respond: 

I disagree, and wholeheartedly. I dislike the term "damaged" as it is psychobabble. 

Of course nobody is perfect, and of course we are ALL a little screwy! That is what I call NORMAL, and you can't fix normal. 

In LIFE, we are supposed to have trials and tribulations, dents in our physical and psychological armor. We are SUPPOSED to have sadness, happiness, gains and losses so we can reflect, grow, learn to educate. You embrace ALL aspects of life and death, not run away from them! 

To wallow on being "damaged" is self-serving and an excuse to do nothing. I own my battle scars proudly.

I will share my learned reflections with those who listen, not those who just hear. 

Tags: Attitude, Happiness, Health, Unhappiness, Values
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