I like that. I spent my childhood alone. Alone inside, that is. Although I had friends, I always felt separate from them somehow. I suppose I've spent my life feeling this way, although in a modified manner as an adult.
So, I have been considered "not normal" by people. I liked that. It satisfied me that I was not like "them". I was even admired for my "different-ness". Sort of like a celebrity almost, or maybe as an ornament. Having been a musician in bands I think fitted my ego-of-difference, as back in the day rock and roll musicians were considered as somebody, and being different was expected.
I may have not shown others respect unless I thought they deserved it. I just didn't put up with people's crap. Later, I learned to have some sympathy for others, as we are all somewhat lost in this Reality. Even me.
I'm not judgmental any more. I allow people to be themselves now, and just observe them with some kindness. I think this is the best way to deal with others. When I allow people to be themselves without contention, pretty soon they see there's no conflict with me, and the mellow out somewhat.
Some kind of "normality" is not important in us. I think if we can embrace each others differences without judgement or conflict in ourselves we sort of naturally come to some mutual understanding without effort.
Sorry this is long. If you read some of my blog entries, you'd see how "not-normal" I am, or rather imaginative. Maybe "imaginative" is a better word for those who are not normal enough for everyone.