My name is Domini, and I’m not normal.

Okay, you already knew that. The name of the blog kind of gives it away. Duh.

The thing you don’t know, and that I rarely tell you, is that I’m stepping onto a path that scares the living hell out of me. 

But I’ve decided that it’s time to be honest. Without honesty, this website is nothing.

A year or two ago, I sent my kids to traditional school. Now, I’m a homeschooling mom, wondering if I’m doing it “right,” nervous Big Brother’s going to yell at me.

Not too long ago, I followed a regular routine. Now, I’m busting out of routine with a six-month family sabbatical in Belize and our current several-month long RV trek across the U.S.

I’m not normal. In fact, I’m quite abnormal. I have really left the convention I always knew and my tribe that follows it. Luckily, most of my tribe has simply shaken their heads, chuckled, and said, “We love you, anyway.”

Breaking out of normal is fun but doesn’t come without confusion, discontent, fear, and sometimes even depression for me and my whole family. We don’t know where we fit anymore. We used to know but, these days, we’ve grown and changed so much–in good ways, I’d like to think–that we have a hard time figuring out what’s happened to us.

We’re pushing the envelope by following our dreams. It doesn’t come easy. Growing pains, I guess.  We’re constantly worried that spending money financing our dreams is going to eventually bring us to the brink of ruin. We’re also thoroughly unsettled by the idea that, now that we’ve broken out of regular life, we’ll never be able to go back.

When we broke away from the path everyone else seemed to be following, we didn’t choose the easy way. But it’s giving us a view of life we never would have gotten without taking the risk.

It’s not easy. But it’s worth it.

 

Ok, I’ve confessed: I’m not normal. And it scares the living bejesus out of me. Are you breaking out of normal? If so, how are you doing it and how do YOU feel about it?  Add your comment below.