What is extraordinary? What makes a person extraordinary?

According to the dictionary it is “beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly exceptional; remarkable.”

So is there a measure for what is extraordinary and what is not? Is it something that is subjective? I had a somewhat emotional conversation with Mark (my husband) this morning about this particular topic. We were looking at whether anyone can be extraordinary or is there something innate within some individuals that makes them extraordinary. I  believe that every single person on the planet has the ability to be extraordinary and it is the actions they take, the paths they choose, their determination and their self belief that has them go beyond. Mark however, believes that it is not that simple. I have chosen to get off my emotional high horse that has me telling him he is an idiot and has no idea what he is talking about and get interested in the enquiry.

I have decided to write a book about extraordinary women. As part of my research for this book I am keen to delve into what different people consider to be extraordinary. A single mother of 9 might not see herself as extraordinary but those of us who may be struggling with 2 or 3 children and a husband might not agree with her. A wonderful friend of mine Tiff – is a full time carer for her son Bailey who has Muscular Dystrophy but doesn’t stop there. Tiff spends every spare minute on her business which provides equipment to children with special needs. To all of the people she makes a difference to, she is extraordinary.

This book is about going beyond, going way beyond… achieving things that you never dreamed were possible and most importantly it is about making a difference. What I want to get out of writing this book is simple – I want to touch, move and inspire people. I want to encourage people to step outside of their comfort zones, to tackle their fears head on and to be in action. I want people to put down this book (after they have finished reading it of course) and want to do something, anything, that will make a difference to their experience of life.

So now begins phase 1 – research. Time to start searching for the extraordinary women that will be part of this book and I know that I am not going to have to look very far – they are everywhere and they probably don’t even know it.

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