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Just a thought for today.

My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage! — Aunt Frances, “Practical Magic” (1998)

I’ve always loved that quote, and I love that movie, which is substantially different from the book by Alice Hoffman on which it is based. The aunts are barely in the book. I would still love to see a television series based on this movie of four amazing women who flout convention and live by their own rules. Good stuff.

14 thoughts on “Courage”

  1. Nice quote! It remind me of my psychologist teacher telling us if anyone ever call us normal tell them stop insulting us, lol, Being normal is a bore. It is a person who has many limitations and who are not spontaneous. Being abnormal is a rare beauty.

    I always think of him and wonder what do he think now when he go through his doors … if he is still alive.


  2. There was a brief time in my own life when I thought that was what I wanted, to be normal.

    That was a long time ago 😉 Now I’d rather be like the aunts in this movie.


    1. I am glad it is behind you:))
      I don’t think I ever seen the movie before and I was looking on youtube to see if it was there to click my memories if or not. I have found the movie Practical Magic that is old that I know want to see, lol. But not Courage or anything related to 4 ladies.


    2. Oh sorry, no the name of this post is “Courage” but there is no movie of that name that I know of. I was just pulling the quote from the movie “Practical Magic” because I liked the aunt’s outlook and attitude. There are the 4 women in the movie: Sally and Gilly Owens (sisters) and their aunts, Jet and Frances. That’s all.


      1. Aw okay, still want to see it. The movie seem funny. Rather more the original. Which seem like the line are the same from what I watch off of youtube. And I still love the quote it is dead on:)


    3. IMO what makes you different is what makes you special. Besides, as I often ask my students, who gets to decide what’s “normal” ?


  3. So true. Even if I were to follow the path that would lead to my definition of “normal” it’s not what I want anymore. Frankly I can hardly imagine anything duller. To be that person, I would have to give up and/or suppress a large part of who I am today, and I’m not willing to do that. I am making my own path as I go, rather than following someone else’s.


    1. I had to smile reading this and applaud you for your statement above. I am proud that you knew it was time for a change and live life for you. I love it when people step out of the box or better yet step out of the glass and look in.


  4. oh damn, my last post was so poorly proofread I look illiterate. DD, could I ask you to delete the first one and leave the following ?

    “I am making my own path as I go, rather than following someone else’s.”

    Nothing abnormal about that. It makes a lot of sense to me – frankly I think a lot of the misery and discord in the world could be reduced if more people would be at peace with their own “normal,” rather than trying to twist themselves to fit somebody else’s standards.



  5. Done 😉

    But it IS abnormal in our society, to deviate in any way. I think there would be even more peace if everyone quit thinking everyone else needs to think and act exactly like they do. Quit judging people, and trying to force them to conform.

    Since the Rapture is this Saturday, things may improve after that 😉


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