To me, being normal is about avoiding extremes. At one time I wasn’t happy unless I achieved something 100%. I believe it is all very subjective, especially when it comes to writing. When I worked for the Government it wasn’t unusual for correspondence to go back and forth to the Executive and/or the Minister’s office. At some point one has to draw a line in the sand and say enough!
In primary school my family were delighted when I had the top marks in a test or assignment. I think I got a bit addicted to getting the praise. I wasn’t particularly good at cooking etc so my school work was my area of ability. As I reached the higher levels in school I found I had more competition and was surprised when others overtook my skill level.
When I study today I still try to get the best possible results but I am not obsessed about it. In life generally I am content to be “average” and know that is OK.
NORMAL is so variable! Consider different cultures, customs, languages, religions and ideologies etc. We can only do what is right for us and respect the differences in others.