The Healthy Deviant
DISRUPT THE UNHEALTHY DEFAULT REALITY
Dare to make disruptive healthy choices daily — even (or especially) in the face of resistance. Ask for what you want. Stand up for your health-preserving rights and preferences. Keep your wits about you, and refuse to let your healthy autonomy be rolled over by the dominant-culture machine. Remember: Health is your natural state and your first human freedom. Steward it on your own terms.
CALL OUT THE CRAZY
Point to our society’s unhealthy madness so others can start seeing it, too. Speak up for the healthy truths you hold to be self-evident. Laugh in the face of ridiculous nonsense, even when its official, “authoritative” nonsense. When you see body-shaming, bad advice, or unrealistic “aspirational” imagery you think is daft, say so. Wave your fist. Roll your eyes. Let off steam. Then get back to your own Healthy Deviant business.
MAKE IT A PARTY
Welcome, support, and seek common ground with health-seekers of all stripes. Connect with and celebrate other Healthy Deviants. Seek out and form healthy community. See healthy living as an opportunity for growth, discovery, and self-expression, not a grim battle or competition. Enjoy the process. Make healthy living a fun, open-hearted, non-judgey gathering that everybody wants to be at.
Deviant: One that differs from a norm, especially a person whose behavior and attitudes differ from accepted social standards.
REBELLION WITH A CAUSE
The primary goal of Healthy Deviance is to help you reclaim the healthy autonomy that is your birthright so you can start living your life on your own terms. So that you can feel good in your own skin. So that you can discover and give your best gifts without being worn ragged. So that you can enjoy the experience of being alive, and being you.
Being a Healthy Deviant doesn't mean being some kind of lunatic-fringe outlaw. It doesn't mean running off to a solitary cave where you are denied companionship and earthly pleasures. It doesn't mean being in a constant state of angry defiance, resentment, or resistance.
It simply means defying unhealthy social norms that work against you, while simultaneously exploring more creative and regenerative ways of being that serve you — and everyone else — a whole lot better.
Wondering if you are a Healthy Deviant? Take this quiz and find out.