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 for more tips for escap­ing adulthood.
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