On not being well adjusted

“The last thing you want to be is a well-adjusted person,” according to Lenore Bierbaum, one of my undergraduate psychology professors. “What you want to be,” she said, “is a person who adjusts well.” Life is not static; it’s dynamic, always in flux, always changing. If I’m alive, I’m adjusting. To the extent I stop adjusting, I’ve started dying, and life is passing me by. How can I best manage myself in the midst of change? How can I turn change into transition that leads toward transformation? How can I more intentionally strip away the old, outgrown carapace of self so I’m free to enlarge? It’s a risky, vulnerable time. And it’s the way to stay alive.

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