Anyone who wants to stay away from meds is free to do so. But an interesting perspective on this is to consider just what "normal living" has meant. Some things to consider:
At birth, in 1900, average life expectancy was 47; 1950, 68. Currently in the US it's about 78. As people aged, many also had low-quality lives due to arthritis, strokes, TB, polio, diabetes, all kinds of things.
Actually, all of us who use this forum regularly are dealing with quality of life issues of one sort or another. It's not like we asked for these conditions. Meds, therapy, and venting/discussion on this forum are all examples of things we do to be as productive as possible and have the best quality of life that we can. For most of us it's a daily struggle.
There are trade-offs with everything. Most of us have had take a hard look at the benefit of some meds relative to the toll it takes on us. These are difficult and very personal choices.
The "simpler times" and "good old days" weren't so great in a lot of ways. Just something to consider.