Before you read this post, answer this question: What is "awesome" to you?
What do you think? The Grand Canyon? Mt. Everest? The ocean? God, perhaps?
Don't worry - there's no wrong answer. But Neil Pasricha - a self proclaimed "boring guy with a regular office job" - is redefining awesome by compiling a "catalog of the universal little pleasures we all share".
Like the feel of clean bed sheets. Or finding a $5 bill in the dryer. Or when the guy with a full cart of groceries lets you go ahead because you’re only buying one thing.
Neil's award-winning blog, 1000awesomethings.com, honors the little things in life that truly are — well — awesome.
He explains, "Well basically, I started in June of 2008. At that time, if you flipped open the newspaper it was filled with the same stuff every day. The polar ice caps were melting, there were pirates storming the seas, the economy was on the verge of collapse, and there were wars going on all over the world. Everything was so heavy. 1000 Awesome Things was meant to be that one little place where we turn the lights out, put a blanket over our heads, and just talk about popping bubble wrap, or snow days, or the smell of a bakery."
The website, 1000 Awesome Things has been listing a weekly countdown since June of 2008, and Neil just released a 400-page hardcover book entitled "The Book of Awesome: Snowy Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things" this month.
As I perused the list, I had one of those "aha moments". YES! Picking a 'q' and a 'u' up at the same time in Scrabble IS awesome! The smell of rain on a hot sidewalk IS awesome! When all the socks in the dryer match up perfectly IS awesome!
Why had I never appreciated these little moments for what they are? Why haven't I realized that the "take a penny, leave a penny" dish is awesome? And the smell of crayons? And when you stop the gas pump at just the right moment, and not a penny more?
Check out the List, and take a moment to ponder the Awesome Things in your life. Post them below in the comments if you'd like - I'd love to hear what you think is awesome.
Finishing a blog... is awesome!