I Am Not Extraordinary is an autobiographical account of learning to tend equally to one’s attitude and environment in order to achieve happiness and fulfillment. From the time she was a child, Margaret knew she was not like the other kids. Every Thursday, an elderly school guidance counselor sat across from her in an empty room, popping bright green chewing gum and drilling into her with questions about why she couldn’t focus in class.
From then on, Margaret made a promise to herself: If I cannot be ordinary, then I will be extraordinary. But was this the right approach? Would self-inflicted pressure to succeed really bring her joy in life? Would it ultimately boost her self esteem, even if it nearly destroyed her along the way?
This seamless collection of memoirs, found journal entries, and poetry follows a young woman from childhood to the cusp of adulthood, examining several faults of the American education system along the way. This true story calls its readers to examine the implications of a capitalistic society and the devastating effects it can have on the wellbeing of a child. Simultaneously, it serves as a reminder that nothing is ever hopeless.