This week I had the opportunity to be the school mascot at an assembly. I know it is hard to tell from the picture but our school mascot is a dolphin. Yes, I knew it would present opportunities for my friends and family to ridicule, repost, and create memes. But I also knew it would make others laugh. Chelsea Handler stated, "Laugh loudly, laugh often, and most important, laugh at yourself." I never would have thought that 3 days later kids in school would come up to me with a huge smile on their faces saying, "I saw you as Dolly the Dolphin!" I always denied the statement to keep the mascots identity a secret and say, "that wasn't me",despite my entire face being visible, which causes another smile from ear to ear.
It's not normal to wear a mascot costume at work. But it created a powerful moment of connection. Think about your most special memories in your life. Your wedding, a graduation, the birth of a child, a surprise party! All of these moments break the script of "normal" life and that is why we remember them. I struggled with this next question.
In what ways am I abnormal?
I once read, it's okay to be normal, but you just have to have average expectations. If you want to connect with your students, stand out at work, and to build stronger relationships then you have to think and act abnormally. If you’re struggling with the question above like I am, I would suggest starting small. Make one abnormal action to create a positive moment for others and I bet it will start to become a habit.