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 Hildy Feen!
In recognition of their efforts, Adultitis Fighters of the Month receive a special limited edition print created by Jason, along with a certificate of honor, a sweet patch, and other Adultitis-Fighting tools. We asked Hildy 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?
Humor and movement helps me get out of my “Adult mind-based worry world/head” and puts me into a world of laughter and creativity and collaboration. And adding in a little fun risk.
Who or what has been the greatest influence in your own fight against Adultitis?
I have been involved with the “circus” community in Madison for over 20 years, primarily doing aerial and clowning. Thru this community, I am often spending time with people that are a few decades younger than I am, and who are extremely creative and funny. The circus scene has given me the opportunity to dance with a giant rainbow-colored stuffed gorilla! Laughing with close friends is another way I fight Adultitis.
What is something you loved doing as a child that you still do in some form today?
I loved being outdoors and I still love to do outdoor activities, such as biking, hiking, camping, gardening, ice skating, sledding, making snow angels, and playing in and on water.
What is your strategy for dealing with people who are obviously infected with Adultitis?
Humor and/or minimizing spending time with them. I can get infected with Adultitis all by myself quite well, thank you.
What advice do you have for someone who is feeling overwhelmed by Adultitis?
Get outdoors. Laugh with friends. Expand your comfort zone just a tad. (I learned the latter from EA.) Eat dark chocolate. Take time for yourself, e.g., taking a bath, or reading in bed.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Circus is a great way to expand your comfort zone and Escape Adultitis.
Congrats to Hildy, April 2023 Adultitis Fighter of the Month. Thank you for making the world more awesome!