Day 61: The three As of Awesomeness

Neil Pasricha’s blog, ‘1000 Awesome Things’ savours life’s simple pleasures.
Pasricha has had a great life. 2006 was an amazing year; he got married in the wine regions of Ontario. 2007, he graduated and went on a road trip with 2 of his closest friends. 2008 and 2009 were tougher. His wife left him. Only a month later his friend took his own life.
Pasricha had to learn to appreciate life again. One day he went home and started a website, observing the simple things which give pleasure in life; the waitress who gives you free refills, the client who says thank you. Slowly over time he put himself in a better mood. His blog went from strength to strength until he was offered a book deal to create, ‘The Book of Awesome.’ According to Pasricha, awesome requires three As: Attitude, Awareness and Authenticity.
None of us can predict the future but we know it’s not going to go to plan. Between the highs there are some lumps and bumps. Having a great attitude means choosing to move forward and take baby steps into the future.
Then there’s awareness of the world around us. Look at how a three year old views the world, seeing everything for the first time. Life is full of beauty and greatness; we just need to spot it.
Finally, be true to yourself. Authentic people follow their hearts, they meet people they like talking to, have conversations they enjoy and do the things they want to do.
You will never be as young as you are now. In 100 years everybody you know now will be gone. Moments are fleeting and they’re counting down as you read this. So live an awesome life!


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