A friend once told me that one day she had suddenly had this mental "flip", thinking: "Oh my god, I'm just so normal! I have a normal name (Hi Judy), I live in a normal town, and so on!"
Another friend I've know since childhood will say: "that's not normal!", and be meaning that therefore it's not desirable. This is just obvious to her.
Whereas my mother quoted a learned man she's met for saying: "if Normal is like most people are, I'll just as well leave it, thanks very much." My mom was quite fond of the thought of being bohemian. (Being outside the normal rules and mores of general society.) She was not, but she liked the idea.
Me, I am abnormal in most ways you can be, I never had to work to stick out. In some ways I treasured this, having the Need To Be Unique, I guess, the need to be Special. But it also makes daily connections with people harder on the other hand because eccentricity is offensive to some people for some reason.
In any case, this desire seems to be lessening a lot, I don't really care anymore if I'm noticed or remembered much. I still have a drive to share ideas though.
What do you think? Do you prefer to be normal or be exceptional?