Sunday, March 29, 2015

Community Blog Post #4

Do you suffer from Adultitis? I didn’t realize I was suffering from it until I stumbled upon the Jason Kotecki’s blog Escape Adulthood http://escapeadulthood.com/blog.

According to Kotecki’s people, Adultitis is “a common condition occurring in people between the ages of 21–121, marked by chronic dullness, mild depression, moderate to extremely high stress levels, a general fear of change, and, in some extreme cases, the inability to smile.”
His mission statement and basis for his blog is to get rid of Adultitis and viewing the world through the eyes of a child. 

At first, I was skeptical. Until I took the Adultitis quiz at http://adultitis.org. And while I giggled at my results, I did stop and think for a second. Or a minute. Am I really enjoying life or am I bogged down by stress and work? Am I missing the point of it all? 

I started going through Kotecki’s blogs. They have a current campaign
of #notarule in which you caption photographs with this hashtag. This is an easy task in which you capture a moment where rule in life that is keeping you from being awesome is broken. For example, one picture is a cat on a twister board with the rule “Cats shall not play twister” and the hashtag #notarule. My favorite so far is a picture of a bouquet of flowers in which the rule “Thou shall not send thyself flowers” followed by the #notarule hashtag. The sender even wrote herself a note. And yes, this seems almost silly but I think Kotecki is on to something here. In today’s culture sending oneself flowers seems like a ploy to make someone jealous or make co-workers think you have a secret admirer. And as I write this, the feminist in me is like “Yeah, why can’t I send myself some flowers?!?” This self-appreciation is overdue. His approach is simplistic, yet gives a big gain to the individual who steps outside their comfort zone.

Again, as I leafed through the blogs I wondered if this was a family blog. And while you can’t deny that Kotecki is a family man, you can search through his blogs to find that the topics range from family and food to the workplace, and my favorite topic, small rebellions. These “rebellions” are ways to change the world in which you live in. One was to pay it backward, ie pay for the person behind you in the drive thru. Another rebellion was against the winter blues.  Or even fighting the urge to be “realistic.” These all seemed like small, easy changes I could do and thus, their appeal. I could change myself easily and thus impact the world? Sign me up.

As I delved deeper into this blog, I realized this was more than Kotecki and his family. Escape Adulthood has created a summit and community. As their website states, it is “part conference, part retreat, part mastermind group, it’s a one-of-a-kind event designed for people instilled with the soaring spirit of childhood.”


This blog is going for a global change in the way adults approach the world, through the eyes of childhood innocence, taking nothing for granted. 

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