Small Rebellions

by Jason Kotecki on · 19 comments

Adultitis is one of the biggest problems our world faces today. A bold statement, perhaps, especially if you've never even heard of the disease before.

A condition that affects at least 75% of the world population, Adultitis creates conflict that keeps us from working together. It stamps out curiosity that could have found a better way, while plundering the laughter that helps heal wounds. And Adultitis beats down and belittles dreams that might have made a difference. A big problem, indeed.

One might assume that the only way to defeat such a giant problem would be through giant solutions. But alas, Adultitis cannot be defeated by government legislation, well-financed corporate initiatives, or even an army of powerful tanks.

When it comes to fighting Adultitis, size, money, and might don’t matter one whit.

No, the only enemy Adultitis fears is the Small Rebellion.

A Small Rebellion is a small but mighty act initiated by an ordinary person that challenges the status quo and rallies against the rules that don’t exist.

Sort of like David versus Goliath.

Or Rocky versus Ivan Drago.

Or the Ewoks versus the Empire.

Although Small Rebellions often appear to be simple, senseless acts of silliness, make no mistake: they cut deep into the heart of Adultitis. Any time you do something outside of the norm, especially something dipped in whimsy that gladdens the heart of your inner child, you can consider yourself on the offensive against Adultitis. If you're up to the task, here are a few Small Rebellions you can instigate today:

  1. Eat dessert first.
  2. Wear mismatched socks.
  3. Have breakfast for dinner.
  4. Talk in a phony accent to a complete stranger.
  5. Do something your parents would never let you do as a child.
  6. Launch your own summer sports league.
  7. Make up your own holiday and do something to celebrate it.
  8. Order pizza for dinner. From two different places.
  9. Dance in your car.
  10. Place an order from a fast food drive thru. On foot.
  11. Wear a red clown nose all day.
  12. Eat dinner with no plates.
  13. Go on a Pajama Run.
  14. Have a picnic indoors.
  15. Leave your cell phone behind.
  16. Do something to make the day of a child.
  17. Turn off your TV and go outside.

Be warned. The previous ideas may appear too insignificant to make an impact. Doing them may make you feel silly or uncomfortable (which is how Adultitis wants you to feel, by the way.) But like a mosquito in a sleeping bag, sometimes the small things can have a huge impact.

Small Rebellions have the power to change the world. Especially yours.


by Jason Kotecki

Jason Kotecki is an artist, author, and professional speaker. Jason and his wife Kim (a former kindergarten teacher) make it their mission in life to fight Adultitis and help people use strategies from childhood to design lives with less stress and more fun. Stop by www.KimandJason.com for more tips for escaping adulthood.
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Lance Ekum July 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

I recently did one of these with two of my kids – walking through the drive thru at Taco Bell. It started as doing this because we didn’t have a car and the inside seating had already closed. The thing was, though – it was heaps and heaps of FUN!!! And we even had a guy behind us in his car, taking our picture – so he could send to his buddy (in hopes that he could convince him to do it sometime!)!!

And it was exactly that – just something small. We’ll always remember it, though – it’s a memory that the three of us will always have.

Love this one, Jason!! Here’s to small rebellions every day!!

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Jason of Kim & Jason July 17, 2012 at 10:32 am

Thanks, Lance — happy to share, and even happier to hear other people’s wacky small rebellions!
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Christine July 13, 2012 at 11:27 am

Great post, I think we all have some small rebellions. On weekends, I use to go very late (or early?) to bed, and usually I sleep until midday. I really enjoy flipping by biological clock, sometimes I feel much more creative at night.
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Jason of Kim & Jason July 17, 2012 at 10:33 am

Christine, it certainly seems like an interesting technique for making sure your body doesn’t get in too much of a rut!
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marquita herald July 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Love this message! I’m a ‘car dancer’ from way back and I find there’s actually a nice bonus to that – often other drivers will look at you like you’re completely nuts … when that happens I just smile really big and wave and in nearly every case they start laughing … so it’s making someone else’s day brighter as well!
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Jason of Kim & Jason July 17, 2012 at 10:34 am

Marquita, yes, I’ve found the same to be true. A lot of people are just looking for permission to laugh, and car dancing is a great way to do it!
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Amy@souldipper July 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Adultitis…the disease that says we have to know all the answers, do everything right, and work all the time. Chases invisible entities called Success. Highly contagious. Flares up in small rebellions!

Great post. Many thanks.
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Jason of Kim & Jason July 17, 2012 at 10:35 am

Amy, couldn’t have described Adultitis better myself, (although I’ve tried many times :)
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Nneka, Working Mystic July 15, 2012 at 10:08 am

I went out after 11pm last night. Might seem strange to most, but I’ve never left my house after 9pm to go anywhere. I went to Playdate! Talk about fun and games for adults. Much better than a club:-)

I dance in my car all the time. I also pump loud music. Those darn kids!
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Jason of Kim & Jason July 17, 2012 at 10:36 am

Good for you, Nneka! You are a great example of someone Adultitis doesn’t have a hold on!
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Jannie Funster July 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

Hey, Jason! I find the red clown noses too itchy. But….. I did wear bunny ears all day once recently, and not even close to Easter!

I agree we would get a lot of cool collaborative stuff done if we did it without adultitis. Wars would be no more if all the politicians danced in their pyjamas to and at work!! :)

And hey, hello to that Lance-person! I hope he is doing AWESOME today.

xoxo
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Jason of Kim & Jason July 17, 2012 at 10:38 am

Jannie — I concur with you about itchy clown noses. I am on the lookout for ones that are more comfortable :) Love your idea about bunny ears, though — so cool!
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Jody - Fit at 54 July 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I am in!!! I tell ya, being an adult can suck at times! 😉
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Jason of Kim & Jason July 17, 2012 at 10:38 am

Happy to have you, Jody!
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Crystal @ Broke-Ass Mommy July 15, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I totally get behind this!!! I just blew some bubbles in my office to watch my dogs go crazy and now have a hankering to fly a kite tomorrow. Can I also suggest feeding some ducks or birds? That always makes me feel little again…
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Jason of Kim & Jason July 17, 2012 at 10:39 am

Crystal — love the suggestion about feeding ducks and birds. That’s a TOTAL small rebellion that seems simple, but really has BIG benefits!
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Johnny Norman August 2, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Jason,

Very idiosyncratic ideas but wonderful. I believe that small things can really make a difference in any way or another. I’ve never heard of adultitis before. It’s only in your blog that I learned about it. Thanks for sharing these ideas here. Well done!

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Jason of Kim & Jason August 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Thanks John…it’s my mission to get as many people aware of Adultitis as possible!
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