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.
Cathy Rose Monaghan is a wonderful example of the phrase, “Actions speak louder than words.” Being around her is inspiring! Immediately you’ll notice her warm infectious smile that fills your heart, then it’s her gentle and confident kindness you’ll be gifted with, followed by an encouraging word, glance and/or action. But wait, there’re more… her silliness! This is the cherry on top, for sure, as you’ll appreciate from the pictures she shared for this post. Cathy Rose is a walking gift and she generously pours her love into all of those she encounters without hesitation or constraint. What an example for all of us!
Her life speaks so loudly, she doesn’t even have to say a word – she can just keep on keepin’ on with that awesome trombone!
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 Cathy Rose some questions about how she fights the Big A and what advice she has for others…
What are some of your favorite ways to fight Adultitis?
Letting go! Sharing my smile with others. I love to be generous with smiles. They are little miracle makers. Being silly, playing the trombone, painting and being kind to others. Sharing my gifts with others. Becoming more alive and excited about each and every moment! Playing like my pups do. Dancing to music in my living room. Singing silly little songs that I make up… and photography!
Who or what has been the greatest influence in your own fight against Adultitis?
This is easy to answer: my Dad! I have his playful and generous spirit. Thank you Dad!
What is something you loved doing as a child that you still do in some form today?
I loved exploring the great outdoors. Looking for fossil rocks and small animals to adopt and care for – mice, salamanders, turtles, bunnies and June bugs come to mind. (Not always appreciated by my mom. :) I am wired to observe things around me. I have been told by others that I SEE things they never notice. I like this part of me, the part that observes others and can feel how they are feeling.
What is your strategy for dealing with people who are obviously infected with Adultitis?
I am practicing my listening skills. I try to show by example when possible a more light-hearted and fun way to walk through life. This can include being silly and using smiles to melt Adultitis away. It can be a slow process… persistence, patience and kindness are important. Showing others that I have “Let GO” of stuff and am practicing forgiveness is key. I find this most challenging when I am seeing Adultitis affect those closest to me. It hurts to see the struggles. And it is their life and their choice to do something about it. Funny, if one person is not receptive to fighting Adultitis I can move along and find someone that is receptive!! I am constantly practicing these skills.
What advice do you have for someone who is feeling overwhelmed by Adultitis?
Learn to say NO! Realize I can’t be everything to everyone every day. Practice gratitude, forgiveness and kindness every day.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Listen to the music of your soul. Dance and sing and play like nobody is watching. As my mom used to say, “Keep moving!” Exercise and eat nutritious food. Fill your being with things that bring you JOY! Find something to be passionate about. Find your PURPOSE! And go get it!
Congrats to Cathy Rose Monaghan, November 2019 Adultitis Fighter of the Month. Thank you for making the world more awesome!