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.
This month’s worthy recipient of this prestigious honor is Martha Henderson!
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 Martha 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?
Finding a quiet place; really quiet – away from electronics and spending time in silence; making mosaic art; joining the Escape Adulthood Facebook live on Wednesday nights – I especially enjoy the “Let’s Draw” segment; keeping a gratitude journal; Wonderhunting; swing dancing; snorkeling; reading comic strips (Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes and Mutts are favorites).
Who or what has been the greatest influence in your own fight against Adultitis?
I’ve been fortunate to have a number of people in my life who have helped me keep balanced and grounded; from Ann, my best friend growing up – she’s always had a great imagination – we played together for hours and hours; to my sister, Mary who never fails to make me laugh; to my husband, Rich who always brings the fun and helps us celebrate everything. Finally, the many wonderful animals who have been a part of my life, including Sam, Haper, and My Way who never fail to remind me to enjoy the moment.
What is something you loved doing as a child that you still do in some form today?
Playing cards and board games – always good for laughs and fun times of connection with friends and family.
What is your strategy for dealing with people who are obviously infected with Adultitis?
Not getting sucked into their way of thinking/seeing the world. Not taking them or myself too seriously.
What advice do you have for someone who is feeling overwhelmed by Adultitis?
Get out of your head – look for a new perspective; get up and move; stay off social media; phone a friend; get outside; pat a pet (yours or someone else’s).
Anything else you’d like to share?
A sincere thank you to all the great people who are part of the Escape Adulthood League and the Wonder & Whimsy Society — y’all are an inspiration to me!
Congrats to Martha, July 2021 Adultitis Fighter of the Month. Thank you for making the world more awesome!