Normal?

5 December 2012

Martin writes...

I’m going to say something that is not usually said...

People are not normal.

There I said it! If you don’t believe me all you have to do is spend a week in the Urban Hope office, there are some odd people here!

But we are not only an office of oddballs, we also come into contact with some odd people too!

First of all let me say that I am not using odd as a negative term. All the different odd people around are great. I’m just saying that we often have expectations of people behaving in a particular way, or having it all together, but we find out that actually they might be different to what we expected. And although this might be unexpected, it’s a part of who they are and why we think they’re great.

It also means things do not always go the way we might expect!

Someone asked me the other day what a typical day was like at work and so I explained that a day might be planned out to go a certain way but then at some point during it something will come up that throws what you planned out the window.

As young people go through different things in life they react differently, and as they go through the process of trying to figure out who they are, and what this might mean to them it often produces a change, either in the immediate situation or how they think or act in the future.

For us as youth workers this can be the result of someone doing what might be generally classed as odd but to them is normal. And so we adapt because things need to change as people change.

As things change, people change so we change to work with them.

The end result means that the way we work can look, and feel a bit odd, and different to what people might expect.But at urban hope we so value the flexibility and the adaptability doing things this way offers, that we don’t mind being seen as a little bit odd!

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