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 Amy Hoffman!
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 Amy 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?
I try to laugh and find joy in small things. I have an extensive collection of images on my phone in a file called “fun things” that I check out when I just need to chuckle. Three-year-old Amy looking moderately hostile? Check. Amy with a mullet? Check. Amy as a ballerina and tap dancer? Check.
Who or what has been the greatest influence in your own fight against Adultitis?
I spend a lot of time around kids (preschool – college age), and they all have such unique perspectives on the world. I learn not only facts but feelings and ways to be a better person from my interactions with all of them. And my hero is Fred Rogers. His kindness to not only children but to the adults who used to be children impacts me on a soul level.
What is something you loved doing as a child that you still do in some form today?
I loved being with people, which hasn’t changed at all! It didn’t matter what we were doing (climbing trees, building forts, riding bikes), as long as I was with my friends.
What is your strategy for dealing with people who are obviously infected with Adultitis?
Since causing injury to people is frowned upon, I’ve discovered that sometimes laughter really is the best medicine. I have the ability to laugh in most situations (sometimes when it’s absolutely not appropriate), and I’ve found that it can be contagious when someone is ill with Adultitis.
What advice do you have for someone who is feeling overwhelmed by Adultitis?
Breathe. Embrace the small moments that are still there, even in the midst of such big overwhelming feelings. And find a child to play with. For real. Build with blocks. Sing some songs. Play dress-up. It will change your perspective.
Anything else you’d like to share before the orchestra begins playing?
I LOVE when the orchestra begins playing because it means a show is about to start! And life is kind of like one big show, isn’t it? There are ups and downs, musical numbers (if you’re me since I’ve been known to sing loudly in stores when good music comes on), plot twists, and sometimes we get a bit of a rest at the intermission. But it all adds up to one great experience!
Congrats to Amy, August 2023 Adultitis Fighter of the Month. Thank you for making the world more awesome!