Dismantling means that eventually you have to rebuild.
But in order to rebuild you have to have a plan.
And to have a plan you have to know your terms.
Which means you have to mull over your definitions and decide which ones work, which ones aren't quite accurate, and which ones are downright wrong.
I'm kicking "normal" to the curb.
There's no such thing.
It's actually just whatever I happen to be comfortable with at the moment.
And that's not necessarily completely informed or thought out. Or maybe it is but then two years from now I have new information and experiences and "normal" has changed.
Normal hems in and boxes up.
Normal makes me live with "shoulds" and makes me feel guilty when I don't live up to that arbitrary line.
And, why am I striving for "normal" when I would never use that word to describe who I am?
Crazy. Busy, Creative. Quiet. Thoughtful. Intelligent. Balancing on the edge of a full on breakdown...
Normal isn't even in the running.
So, I'm really working on banishing that word from my vocabulary in favor of a million other more accurate descriptions.
Because the nuances in my life give it color and meaning that is far more than normal.