An Adultitis Fighter is someone who rallies against rules that don’t exist and engages in ruthless, senseless acts of silliness that undermine Adultitis and its unadventurous version of adulthood. Once a month, we shine a light upon the most remarkable among us, holding them up as a dazzling example of what we should strive for in this epic battle against a formidable enemy.
Todd Strasser is a bus driver for the city of La Crosse, Wisconsin. After attending the 2018 Escape Adulthood Summit with his wife Jennifer, he shared this story that tells a lot about his Adultitis fighting ways. He likes to stop at lemonade stands and support the kids that are trying to earn a little extra money. One weekend Todd was driving his bus. On that particular Sunday, he stopped at a root beer float stand. Todd shared that the kid running the stand was wide-eyed when the big long bus pulled up and was in even more shock when Todd asked his passengers if anyone would want a float because he’s buying. The poor kid couldn’t scoop ice cream fast enough!
What a thrill it was for him to look in the rearview mirror to see all of his passengers scooping ice cream from their red solo cups. (#busfullofsmiles) This simple story is outstanding and gives all of us an example of how one little act of spontaneous fun can brighten the lives of so many.
In recognition of their efforts, Adultitis Fighters of the Month receive a special mini-canvas hand-painted by Jason, along with a certificate of honor, a sweet patch, and other Adultitis-Fighting tools. We asked Todd some questions about how he fights the Big A and what advice he has for others…
What are some of your favorite ways to fight Adultitis?
Take work serious but don’t be serious at work.
Who or what has been the greatest influence in your own fight against Adultitis?
Not to care what people think. If you want to act like a kid, do so.
What is something you loved doing as a child that you still do in some form today?
Play in/on the water. Fish.
What is your strategy for dealing with people who are obviously infected with Adultitis?
Make sure you take your vitamins, have your booster shot and try not to be in contact with those that are infected.
What advice do you have for someone who is feeling overwhelmed by Adultitis?
Find a way to laugh…even if you have to laugh at yourself.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Yes. I would like to thank my Adultitis Brothers and Sisters who are fighting this dreaded disease. And let you know that I pray that one day there will be a cure for Adultitis. Be brave and strong and know that I’m fighting with you.
Congrats to Todd Strasser, September 2018 Adultitis Fighter of the Month. Thank you for making the world more awesome!