I recently saw the musical Jagged Little Pill. I wanted to go because I love Alanis Morisette’s music, but I had no idea of the storyline.
In a nutshell, it explores a range of sensitive issues, including rape, sexuality, addiction, and racism, and presents a vivid, messy, and chaotic portrayal of a modern-day family who deals with their pain and tries to heal.
The relevance of this is that the central character, the mother, has been living unconsciously since her rape in college. Her need to be perfect, to have the perfect family, and to live the perfect life is putting stress and strain on everyone. (This pattern is very familiar to me!)
Her “awakening” comes through an overdose, while mine came through an unexpected panic attack. We often need something to get our attention to help us see what is happening within and around us more clearly.