Lately I've realized that everyone thinks their life is the norm. People will say that they went to grad school right after college and that's best because they were still in school mode. People say that gap years are valuable. People say that it's best to get married after you graduate college, after grad school, after you have a career. People have an abundance of opinions of what worked or didn't work for them. That's wonderful, it is. Hearing the wisdom of others is more valuable than many people realize. But I have to say, life isn't about these experientially based norms and no one's life (except arguably Jesus') should be the norm. Life is dynamic and humans are too. We move. We grow. We fail. We grow some more. I'm making a conscious decision to stop worrying about the norm and to start doing life with Jesus. Furthermore, I am going to start admiring the nuanced beauty of what life looks like for others. The God I serve is creative. He wants to showcase different parts of Himself in the lives of others. Let's stop boxing Him in with the norm.