A couple of weeks ago, I am came across this Ted Talk titled “The 3 A’s of Awesome” from Neil Pasricha. You can watch the video here:
I immediately remembered a quote I heard from Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. Check it out here:
At some point in everyone’s life, we all get down. It may be because of school, work, boyfriend/girlfriend problems, or losing a loved one. For Neil, he started a blog after his friend past away in order to cope with the pain. He began to reexamine himself and the joys of living. Eventually, his blog consisted of everyday things that made his life AWESOME. Later on, his blog got noticed and a publisher approached him to write a book:
The book is filled with little anecdotes of things we take for granted. He talks about Popping Bubble Wrap, Snow Stepping, High Tens, Bowling Celebrations, and New Sock Day (just to name a few).
I decided to read the book because I’ve been somewhat down these days. I recently graduated from college without a job, and I wanted something to cheer me up. I know a lot of recent grads are starting to lose hope. Don’t give up! (I hate it when I get notifications on my iPhone saying stuff like unemployment rate is still 7.4%.)
Back to the book. A lot of the stories Neil talks about are extremely relatable, authentic, and funny. His blog and book is an act of catharsis. I had a hard time putting down the book because I realized that I take for granted of many little things that make my life AWESOME. I also look forward to the experiences I hope to have that Neil talked about, like having your suitcase come out first in baggage claim.
After reading this book, I am so lucky and thankful for my parents, friends, and anyone who has made my day brighter. What I got from the book is to appreciate the simple pleasures of life and to be more AWESOME.
To all recent grads who don’t have jobs, don’t give up and don’t get sad, be AWESOME.
- If something good happens big or small, like paying with exact change, say, “AWESOME!" in your head.
- Create moments when you can say, “It’s going to be Legen…Wait for it…Dary”.
- Take a moment to thank a friend, parent, dog, boat, anything via FB, face-to-face, a text message, a snap chat. (Oh…snap chat)
- Cherish and build relationships
- Eliminate or limit the bad influences in your life. It can be a person, toy, phone, anything. (I got this from Tim Ferriss)
- Have a plan, and do it.
The goal is to be and know you are AWESOME. I know everything I am saying is easier said than done, but you should be in a mentality of perseverance and happiness. It’s surprising how I much learned from this book, and I wish I had this book during middle school.
If you are reading this sentence, you probably read the stuff above. I just want to say thank you. If not, thank you anyway for noticing me.