I once had a band teacher who told us to only have one or two "5" days a week. A "5" meant to get up, go to work or to school, come home, watch Oprah, eat dinner and go to bed. He kind of made me think about what "ordinary" means and what it means to live an ordinary life, and what is is to be extraordinary.
I would consider myself and my life to be pretty normal. I'm not sure if I would want to call it "ordinary"...maybe I would, I don't know, but I guess I wouldn't call it extraordinary. I get up in the morning, I do my sit-ups, I do my push-ups...I watch a little sports-centre whilst eating my breakfast...I go to work...you know, the usual. Pretty normal, pretty ordinary. I have some extraordinary days, I accomplish things on occasion, but in general? I have a pretty normal life.
But then again...isn't that what almost everyone does? Do we all think that our lives are normal and ordinary? I think mine is, but I look at her life, her life and her life, and I think they each have pretty extraordinary lives. Do they think their lives are normal? Do I think they are so interesting because their lives are so different from mine?
Is it bad not to be extraordinary at all times? Not really. There can only be so many days that count as a 10 and to be perfectly honest, sometimes I really like the "5" days. I find comfort in coming home from work, watching a little Beverly Hills 90210 and having macaroni and cheese for dinner (spirals tonight. mmmmm...reminds me of being 8). And frankly, trying to make every day a 10 would not only be exhausting, but it would be a lot of pressure! Must. do. something extraordinary. I only have a few hours left....aaaaaaaah.
Now to the conundrum. I can't remember if the band teacher in question was the teacher I had for three years and who recently made the U of C's top "40 in 40" graduates list* or the student teacher I had for three months who recently had his teaching license revoked for having relations with one of his female high school students. Does it even matter? Is the advice still good if it came from someone you don't necessarily admire?
*Or was it the top 30 in 30? Regardless, our friend Steve was also on the list.