Small Rebellions

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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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