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“How to Adult Like… Tom Hanks”

“But the battles against loneliness that I fought when I was 16 are very different from those I fought when I was 27, and those are very different from the ones I fight at 44.” – Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks, if you don’t know, according to Wikipedia is an “American actor and filmmaker. He is known for his various comedic and dramatic film roles, including Splash (1984), Big (1988), Turner & Hooch (1989), A League of Their Own (1992), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Saving Private Ryan (1998), You’ve Got Mail (1998), The Green Mile (1999), Cast Away (2000), Road to Perdition (2002), and The Da Vinci Code (2006), as well as for his voice work in the animated films The Polar Express (2004) and the Toy Story series.” He is married to Rita Wilson and has four children from two marriages. However, we think the best word that sums up Tom Hank’s exceptional adulting skills is the attribute of being considerate.

What Makes Mr. Hanks the Adulting Star?

Not only is Tom Hanks the symbolic, idolized idea of what everyone wishes their dad was like, but he is also the consummate professional, responsible, respectable, artistic, and mindful. He displays a great sense of opinion, while still being appealing and welcoming to anyone from all walks of life. Before marrying Rita Wilson, Hanks converted to the Greek Orthodox Church, the religion of Wilson and her family. Hanks said, “I must say that when I go to church—and I do go to church—I ponder the mystery. I meditate on the ‘why?’ of ‘why people are as they are’ and ‘why bad things happen to good people,’ and ‘why good things happen to bad people’ … The mystery is what I think is, almost, the grand unifying theory of all mankind.”

Were you one of the hundreds of thousands of people who saw Larry Crowne and were disappointed with the overall story? Well, one couple expressed their distaste of Hank’s movie at a gas station, to which The Hanx promptly refunded them $25 from his own wallet.

Being a fan of older and more mechanical ways to do simple tasks is not just a fade within the millennial generation, but even Tom Hanks has jumped on board with his hobbyist obsession with all things typewriters. The clinky-clanky ink-ribboned beauties of the Smith-Corona’s, Olivetti’s, and Royal noise makers. He loves the history, tactile feeling, and overall experience of them so much that he self-funded and published an app that does an incredible job translating the experience to smartphones and tablets everywhere called the Hanx Writer. Honestly, it is a must download (iOS) for anyone who does extensive writing on a tablet, like me. It provides just a little extra feeling of accomplishment and sophistication to your writing.

His thoughtful behavior abounds in his marriage, as he even stops to take photos of his wife, Rita Wilson on the red carpet. Making sure, no matter how many spotlights and cameras are on him at any time, that his attention is always focused in on those that matter most to him.

His kindness and thoughtfulness extend beyond his family, and all the way to the White House Press Corps, where for years he has been purchasing them an Espresso Machine since 2004, saying “I hope this machine will make the 24-hour cycle of news a bit more pleasant. Add water, insert the pod, press button and report. All good things. Tom Hanks.” Hanks said that the gift was intended to prevent “sleep deprivation.”

Consideration and patience are another adult quality of Tom Hanks. When he and his son were venturing off to a typewriter shop in Los Altos, he stopped to buy Girl Scout Cookies and ended up staying to take photos with any who purchased cookies from the troop. Understanding the enormity of the gesture, he does not let strict time-management dictate his days, which exemplifies the best balance of adulting and expressing your inner-child.

”  From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon. It’s not a miracle; we just decided to go.” – Tom Hanks

You Can’t Always Adult Though…

The Hanx himself is no stranger to letting-out a little childish prank or spontaneity now and again. Between his childlike roles in Big, The LadyKillers, and more— He also once taped his 5th Emmy to the hood of his Lincoln town car and called it the Emmy Mobile. And let’s be honest, everyone deserves a few of _these_ moments from time-to-time, right?

“If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.” – Tom Hanks




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