I spend a lot of time on Facebook, some on Instagram, and a bit on Snapchat. Particularly on Facebook, there is some tendency toward the publication of The Exceptional. Exceptional (a.k.a, "newsworthy") events are favored by many: a terrorist attack takes place in Europe, a politician says something horrible, an athlete accomplishes an incredible feat, a dog rescues a homeless person, the world will end next year due to (take your pick: GMO food, chemtrails, global climate change, or fluorinated water). We gravitate, some of us, to the very, very good or else the very, very bad.
But I love it when people chronicle the mundane aspects of their daily lives. My friend in Pennsylvania had a cup of coffee at his favorite diner. My friend in Houston smoked a cigar. A lady from Michigan attended her child's sporting event. A bodybuilding competitor photographed her breakfast. A friend from North Carolina has the Cutest Grandson Ever. Another fellow from Pennsylvania posts a photo of his beloved dog. A woman in Maryland gives an update on her garden. A couple in Texas show a new kind of beer they sampled. A kid from Michigan posts a cool car he saw on the street.
I have seen many Facebook posts to the effect of: "Nobody wants to hear about your workout! Nobody wants to see what you ate for breakfast!"
But, I do. I want to see your pets, your kids, your pool party, your vacation photos, your anniversary flashback photos, your gym selfies, your cute pics of your kids and grandkids, and especially your food! In a world tyrannized by The Exceptional, I would like to see The Normal. Maybe it is old age catching up with me, but it comforts me to be reminded that not everything happens on the fringes, the extremes of life.
Give me a cornucopia of the common, a plethora of the plebeian, an abundance of the average, a multitude of the mundane, an ululation of the unexceptional, a surfeit of the simple, and an overplus of the ordinary.