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 Pete Nehnevajsa!
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 Pete 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?
Play, laugh, make others have an “Ah-Ha!” moment by seeking a different (and sometimes wacky) perspective. Also remember games played when I was a child.
Who or what has been the greatest influence in your own fight against Adultitis?
Grandkids – I love to observe & enjoy who they are and not mold them to the expectations of the world. Escape Adulthood – full of laughter, and reminders like: “Don’t Take everything So Seriously” and “Break Unwritten Rules” – eat dessert first!
What is something you loved doing as a child that you still do in some form today?
Write, play card & board games, go fishing.
What is your strategy for dealing with people who are obviously infected with Adultitis?
Eek! Try to inject some humor, be vulnerable. For example, self-deprecating humor seems to go a long way but need to get a “feel” for how it would be received.
What advice do you have for someone who is feeling overwhelmed by Adultitis?
Find a friend and laugh, go on an adventure, read Calvin & Hobbes, Wallace the Brave, or Mother Goose & Grimm (laugh), take a break from everyday life and just relax (not hurried, chaotic vacations), breath, always remember that “you ARE good enough.”
Anything else you’d like to share?
Though in our hurried and busy “to-do” lives we tend to forget it, everyone has a gift they can share to lift others up. Discover it. Reflect on it. Use it.
Congrats to Pete, April 2022 Adultitis Fighter of the Month. Thank you for making the world more awesome!