a book review from Cathie: the book of awesome by Neil Pasricha (paperback 394 pages)
The first I heard about the Book of Awesome was from a friend who thought it sounded like something Jumping Tangents would love. Woah! Thanks for the compliment Beth, this book lives up to its name and the story behind the book’s inception is truly inspiring.
Back in June 2008, Neil Pasricha began a blog one day and called it 1000awesomethings. This blog now has over 10 million, yes million, followers.
Well firstly because it’s aweome! And secondly because it highlights all the things that are awesome — simplicity, honesty and humour are just a few of the awesome things named and discussed in The Book of Awesome.
Intrigued? Watch the Ted Talk where Pasricha explains the origins of The Book of Awesome and you will become fascinated.
The fact he’s got over ten million followers on his blog shows he’s not alone in his appreciation of awesomeness. We think that this is good news for humankind and it restores our faith in human nature.
Anything that does this for us in such an eventful year as 2011 is a great thing! We need some stories of staunchly surviving against the odds to inspire us. It’s also a bit cathartic … misery loves company! Survivor?…. Marianne Faithfull described heavy guilt rather well when she wrote ‘Guilt‘ in the 1980’s.
Don’t mistake The Book of Awesome for cheesiness either – it may be about simple pleasures but it was not borne out of them. The blog began as a coping mechanism for the author. His best friend had just taken his own life. His marriage had just ended. He sold his house and moved into a tiny apartment. He felt all this personal emotional pressure combined with global warming, the economic woes, natural and man-made disasters and he thought ‘I need some Awesomeness!’
The little things are bigger than we think they are in the best possible way, and you couldn’t buy them even if you wanted to. Anchor yourself to them as you read them, share this book with your loved ones, and you will notice there is an abundance of Awesome out there..
“Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these.”
— Susan B. Anthony