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 Walt Kotecki!
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 Walt 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 talk (or encourage myself). I tell myself: ‘slow down the process, slow your mind down, and deal with one thing at a time.’ I also consciously put myself in a position where I can control doing what I want to do and not be influenced by outside forces.
Who or what has been the greatest influence in your own fight against Adultitis?
My wife Linda and my 3 sons, Jason, Daniel, and Douglas. They all offer different perspectives which give me more ways of thinking about things.
What is something you loved doing as a child that you still do in some form today?
Woodworking – I remember making stuff and working with power tools with my dad since I was 8 and when I smell certain types of wood being cut, I think of him. My workshop is my happy place!
Fishing – My dad would find the spot where the fish were biting and give me that spot and he’d go and find another spot. Now I fish in my kayak. Super fun!
What is your strategy for dealing with people who are obviously infected with Adultitis?
First I like to kill them with kindness. Drives them nuts! If that doesn’t work I pass on them, being grateful I am not them! I won’t let them ruin my day!
What advice do you have for someone who is feeling overwhelmed by Adultitis?
Play the compare game…
Option #1: Compare your life at this moment to the past. You are probably in a better spot than before being grateful for what you have overcome in the past and using that as a springboard to roll with the punches.
Option #2: Compare your life to others. It’s easy to compare your life to what others have that you don’t have. But if you do just a little digging, you’ll find out you are in a pretty sweet spot compared to so many others.
Anything else you’d like to share?
– your family responsibilities are your #1 priority.
– put your efforts into what you can control.
– most things are not black or white, but many shades of gray.
– work at being a good listener. Just don’t nod your head, really listen!
– trust your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t!
– BEE present.
– BEE optimistic!
Congrats to Walt, October 2022 Adultitis Fighter of the Month. Thank you for making the world more awesome!