Adultitis is a big problem. Epic. Seemingly insurmountable.
It can’t be taken down by government legislation, well-financed corporations, or an army of powerful tanks.
Adultitis can be toppled by ordinary people participating in small rebellions* every single day. Simple decisions to zig instead of zag.
Smiling at a stranger. Coloring outside the lines. Daring to eat dessert first.
Instilled with the soaring spirit of childhood, these rebels and their actions are small but mighty. They rally against the rules that don’t exist, engaging in ruthless, senseless acts of silliness that undermine the slavery of Adultitis and its unadventurous version of adulthood.
Like David against Goliath or a mosquito in a sleeping bag, it is the small things that end up making the biggest impact.
This small rebellion has the power to change the world.
What small rebellion have you witnessed or initiated recently?
Click here for some real-life examples of small rebellions.
*This idea was inspired by a really cool Jars of Clay song by the same name. It talks about how we can use small daily acts of love and kindness to “define us as those who choose love over fear and judgement.” The concept really spoke to us, and it occurred to us that the only real way to defeat Adultitis is by small rebellions of a different, but similar, type.
Abby Henderson says
Saturday I fought adultitis by not getting out of my jammies until 3 p.m.
Sunday I fought adultitis by watching ‘The Karate Kid’ with 20 middle schoolers who cheered at the end. I cheered with them.
Monday I fought adultitis by wearing footie pajamas with my twins.
Tuesday I fought it by eating at least 1/2 cup of frosting while decorating my husband’s birthday cake…at 8:30 in the morning.
-AND- teaching my daughters to skip.
Wednesday I fought by using bath paint top color the shower walls.
Tomorrow I plan to fight by playing in the little kids pool at the YMCA.
It’s been a great week. :)
Now, THAT’S what we’re talking about, Abby.
Last week we had our Thanksgiving pot luck at work complete with a dessert contest. I was one of the brave who dared to taste test ALL the desserts first before partaking of the other more traditional fare. My theory was – why risk confusing my taste buds with turkey and ham flavors when there was dessert judging to be done and so much at stake (a $25 gift card for the winner). And boy were those desserts good!
Sadly, for some, not everyone followed my lead and there was actually homemade apple pie, cheese cake, and chocolate raspberry torte left over becuase some folks were too full from the rest of the food to even try the desserts. Hard to imagine with 40 people in our office. Their loss, my gain (had the pie for lunch the next day).
Your reasoning seems quite sound, Kent. You are quite the professional :)