The Meaning of Life (as told by Normandy the Cat)

Unlike dogs, cats have never quite been domesticated. In fact, rather than controlling them, cats think they have control of us. They’ve somehow figured out how to be fed, cleaned up after, and petted in all the right places, all the while having us think it’s for our benefit.

So what better species to deem life lessons from? In the nine months since I’ve adopted Norm, my black and brown two-year-old tabby, I’ve learned a few things from this feline who thinks my world revolves around him. Here’s what he has to say:

When life hands you a carrot, sometimes it’s best just to grab it by its tail and devour it.

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Don’t worry about what to wear. Your look says it all.

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So what if you can’t afford to buy new things?

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Take what you have and make the most of it.

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Be a little scandalous every now and then. Take a risk. Believe me, the view is worth it.

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It’s important to get some Vitamin D. 

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Sometimes all you need is a friend.

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No need to work out every day. After working hard, beauty rest is just as important.

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If you can’t travel, make-believe. It’s just as effective.

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Always turn the lights off when you leave a room.

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Then again, you’re adaptable.

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Show ’em what you’ve got. You have no shame.

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Not everyone is photogenic. Own it.

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Never lose sight of your dreams (or your next meal).


Invest in your bed. Sleep is just that important.

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When you’ve had a rough day, it’s okay to cower in a box under the table.

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We’ve all had those days.

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And be ready for tomorrow.


Try new ways of doing things.

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Don’t forget to take some time for yourself.

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You don’t always have to be a people person.


Just try to relax.


And relax some more.


Because what’s the fun in life if you’re not being yourself?


And making the most of it?


Yeah, that’s what I thought.


I’d rather be alone than unreal.

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Of course, having the support and love of family and friends is just as vital to a happy, thriving life.

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