A condition that affects at least 75% of the world population, Adultitis creates conflict that keeps us from working together. It stamps out curiosity that could have found a better way, while plundering the laughter that helps heal wounds. And Adultitis beats down and belittles dreams that might have made a difference. A big problem, indeed.
One might assume that the only way to defeat such a giant problem would be through giant solutions. But alas, Adultitis cannot be defeated by government legislation, well-financed corporate initiatives, or even an army of powerful tanks.
When it comes to fighting Adultitis, size, money, and might don’t matter one whit.
No, the only enemy Adultitis fears is the Small Rebellion.
A Small Rebellion is a small but mighty act initiated by an ordinary person that challenges the status quo and rallies against the rules that don’t exist.
Sort of like David versus Goliath.
Or Rocky versus Ivan Drago.
Or the Ewoks versus the Empire.
Although Small Rebellions often appear to be simple, senseless acts of silliness, make no mistake: they cut deep into the heart of Adultitis. Any time you do something outside of the norm, especially something dipped in whimsy that gladdens the heart of your inner child, you can consider yourself on the offensive against Adultitis. If you’re up to the task, here are a few Small Rebellions you can instigate today:
- Eat dessert first.
- Wear mismatched socks.
- Have breakfast for dinner.
- Talk in a phony accent to a complete stranger.
- Do something your parents would never let you do as a child.
- Launch your own summer sports league.
- Make up your own holiday and do something to celebrate it.
- Order pizza for dinner. From two different places.
- Dance in your car.
- Place an order from a fast food drive thru. On foot.
- Wear a red clown nose all day.
- Eat dinner with no plates.
- Go on a Pajama Run.
- Have a picnic indoors.
- Leave your cell phone behind.
- Do something to make the day of a child.
- Turn off your TV and go outside.
Be warned. The previous ideas may appear too insignificant to make an impact. Doing them may make you feel silly or uncomfortable (which is how Adultitis wants you to feel, by the way.) But like a mosquito in a sleeping bag, sometimes the small things can have a huge impact.
Small Rebellions have the power to change the world. Especially yours.