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 Jody Jensen!
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 Jody 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?
My partner-in-crime and I are known for making impromptu runs for ice cream, shopping and playing at every toy store we happen to see, watching comedies that get your sides busting with laughter, playing outside in the rain/mud, and doing small acts of service to make other people smile.
Who or what has been the greatest influence in your own fight against Adultitis?
My parents. They were two very different souls who were meant to be together. They taught me to love music, books, soccer, Slurpees, fireworks, parades, art, road trips, and late-night ice cream runs (just because we could).
What is something you loved doing as a child that you still do in some form today?
I still love rollerskating, singing along with music that makes me happy and DOES NOT match my age group, picking wildflowers, and creating in all its forms.
What is your strategy for dealing with people who are obviously infected with Adultitis?
I do lots of anonymous things like secret words of kindness, heart or cookie attacks, and delivering a favorite small item found out via secret agent methods. But if all else fails, I throw a party or get together with their favorite foods, games, music, etc. Very few people can resist a good party!
What advice do you have for someone who is feeling overwhelmed by Adultitis?
Celebrate the small things every day. I also try to find at least one thing I am grateful for each day or one beautiful moment I can hold in my mind (or on my cell phone). And I also try to say at least 3 kind things about someone else. Doing these small things repetitively creates a garden of joy to walk through mentally when life’s storms seem overwhelming.
Anything else you’d like to share?
It can take a long time to learn to enjoy the journey. Be patient with yourself and love who you are at every good and bad moment along the way.
Congrats to Jody, November 2021 Adultitis Fighter of the Month. Thank you for making the world more awesome!