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 Tom Plummer!
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 Tom 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?
I like to talk to people wherever I go and see if I can get them to smile or to laugh. I may say something about why I am there and ham it up and make it a positive moment. People are fun in general and most of them say at the end of the conversation: “Have a nice day!”
When I am at home and no one is around, my first and foremost remedy is to read and study the life of Christ and reflect on all the blessings I have received. My wife Jody is the best one, and all and our pets. And also family – brothers, sisters, moms, and the dads!
Also very powerful to me is when folks show love towards their fellows; showing true charity – not in the world way of giving money or some kind of item – but acts of kindness.
Who or what has been the greatest influence in your own fight against Adultitis?
My Dad has always played with words and spelled them in ways that really make you think. (How R U? I R fine.) or Kan (can). So when I finally caught on to what he was doing, I would do it back. The key to it – keep it clean and positive. Now Jody and I talk about things that we saw or heard in fun ways.
What is something you loved doing as a child that you still do in some form today?
I like to go treasure hunting or go exploring old places: mountains, caves, museums. One of the things I love most is playing in the water and mud when prospecting.
What is your strategy for dealing with people who are obviously infected with Adultitis?
I listen to what is going on in their life. And here is the trick: you need to take a sincere interest in what they are going through. Try to help remind them that the problem will work out and to look for the good that is on its way. Also, let them know that they are loved by God and by you!
What advice do you have for someone who is feeling overwhelmed by Adultitis?
It is time to play! Go to the great outdoors to be awed!!!
Anything else you’d like to share?
When having an Adultitis moment, go to the toy store and look at all the toys that weren’t around when you were young! Then use your imagination for your next adventure!
And remember things can always be worse. Be optimistic, hopeful, and confident about the future.
Congrats to Tom, December 2021 Adultitis Fighter of the Month. Thank you for making the world more awesome!