National debt, war in Afghanistan, global warming, war in Iraq, job market drowning, economy plummeting, unemployment rate increasing, devastating earthquakes in already devastated areas, “Occupy” anything, homicides, suicides, shooters on the loose, natural disasters, cancer stealing the lives of those that actually spend their lives living… the list goes on and on and on.
What this world really needs is more Awesome. It’s getting pretty ugly out there but if you look close enough, there are some amazing, wonderful, and life-changing things out there that are quite possibly right at your fingertips.
When was the last time you said, “that’s awesome!” Yeah, I bet it felt great — the smile it put on your face, the rush of endorphins, the excitement of experiencing something amazing, and merely the act of finding the perfect word for the perfect experience. It’s kind of like the mythical impact of the word Sh!t when suddenly you realize you forgot to do something or tell someone something. It’s the fulfillment you receive from dropping a perfectly timed, perfectly needed f-bomb in the middle of a conversation, argument, or period of frustration.
Simply, awesome is awesome. It’s what we need more in our life. Not bad news, not more bills, not job insecurity, and most certainly not more reality TV because quite frankly, I don’t know about you, but I don’t know whose reality that is but it is definitely not mine.
We need encounters, experiences, and real interactions with people, those moments in our lives where there is no better way to summarize what is occuring than simply saying, “That’s awesome.”
Below is a list of a few things that I have experienced, seen, felt, or realized that are absolutely and undeniably awesome.
1.) Reading the nutrition label or information of something and then eating it anyway. Eating healthy should be a priority and important part of your life. It can add years of quality living, prevent certain diseases and illness, and provide you with the nutrients you need to live a healthy and balanced life. But good god their is nothing better than reading a nutrition label, seeing numbers that more closely resemble a 5-day temperature forecast of southern Florida in the winter and then eating it anyway. Delicious with a side of AWESOME.
2.) The smell from Cinnabon as you walk into a mall’s food court. Ever walk by a Cinnabon in the mall and then all of sudden realize your licking icing off your fingers? Did I black out? OMG, what just happened? The intoxicating smell of cinnamon, frosting, and pastry heaven practically causes you to lose control over your thought process and ability to make logical decisions. The worst part – I bet you weren’t even hungry. And for that — AWESOME.
3.) The cool side of the pillow on a warm summer night. You’re dying, it’s like 97 degrees out at 2 AM, you’ve kicked the tissue paper thin sheet of your bed, and you are barely wearing enough clothing to be donned a loin cloth. You’re tossing and turning and suddenly your face hits an ice-cold glacier. Have you drifted off to Antarctica? Nope, but you found the cool side of the pillow and for those first few minutes it feels unbelievable. AWESOME.
4.) Hearing a stranger fart in public. Ok, we’ve all been there before. The rumbles, the bubbling, the air pressure starts building up…you’re practically becoming a party favor. Worst part, you’re out in public surrounded by people, and there is no bathroom in clear site. You make the decision; you need to let off some steam before the tank blows. What’s your move? The cough cover-up? Time it with the surrounding music? Pray your silencer is working? The hopeful lean? How do you make this horrible situation AWESOME? Be on the battlefield when the first shots are fired and know that they aren’t yours. It doesn’t matter if you are 9 or 99, a public display of flatulence from a stranger is and will always will be funny and therefore AWESOME!
5.) A wordless apology. The light clothing grab accompanied with a guilty eyed smile will always do the trick. Even better, when you see them coming and guilt overtakes you causing butterflies in your stomach. Before they can even say a word, uncontrollably you give the language transcending head nod of approval and open your arms up wide. AWESOME.
6.) Getting a Q and a U at the same time in Words with Friends (Scrabble: prior to 2011). The power, the command, the ability to be a game-breaker that it brings to the table is unparalleled. That Q can save your life and you know it. But if it doesn’t show up with its’ life companion U or even better, meet a U on the board, then what do you do? Sure you can rock a QI but it just doesn’t feel the same. Some things are just meant to be together- peanut butter and jelly, cookies and milk, Will Smith and saving the world but drawing a Q and a U at the same time? Well that’s love at first site and it feels AWESOME!
7.) The moment the concert goes black right before the headliner comes out. You’re excited, you’re nervous, you can’t see a damn thing, and for a split second you forget what’s happening. You don’t remember who is next to you, where you are, or your favorite song of the musician or group about to come on stage. You’re in a glass case of emotion. Suddenly your seemingly dull life becomes filled with butterflies, endorphins, and a whole lot of AWESOME.
8.) The ten knuckle simultaneous crack. You interlock your fingers, you stretch your neck to the left, to the right, you give a little smile, and then concentrate on the goal at hand. With a sudden push of energy outward comes a miniature firework display going off in your hands. Not seven, not eight, not nine but all ten knuckles crack at the same time and the feeling it gives and the expressions of the people around you cannot be expressed any other way than simply — AWESOME.
9.) Using your keyless entry to find your car in the mall parking lot. You walk out of the mall’s entrance to a sea of cars, panicky stalking drivers, and absolutely no idea where you parked two hours ago. You pull out your keyless entry fab hit the lock button and nothing. You walk a little further into unforgiving sea of cars and repeat. Still nothing. After a little more walking, you push the lock button and suddenly off in the distance you hear the faint welcoming sound of your car’s horn. Suddenly, the most AWESOME game of “Marco-Polo” begins…
Now I want to know, what is AWESOME to you? Comment below and let us know!
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(This post was inspired by “The Book of Awesome” by Neil Pasricha. I highly recommend it!)