After watching this clip by Neil Pasricha (http://www.ted.com/talks/neil_pasricha_the_3_a_s_of_awesome.html) recommended by a friend, which I agree with totally, and learning about this book called “The Book of Awesome”, I don’t think it was pure coincidence when I came across this book some days later. What a fun book it was!
To summarize his talk, Neil Pasricha talks about how attitude, awareness and authenticity can change your life. Whilst his book does not discuss this explicitly, it is implied in the way the book is laid out. It is just pages after pages of random simple things that he thinks are awesome, even though some of these things seem so trivial in our day to day life. He also has a website which is updated daily, a great place to visit for a little pick me up if you need one! Check out http://1000awesomethings.com/
I loved this book because this is what I’ve been doing on my travels. While others go sightseeing (which I do too), I enjoy sitting in the middle of a park and watch a mother playing with her child. I like roaming quiet streets of India and watch a man sweeping in front of his front door. I get a kick out of taking the bus in Hong Kong and looking out the window as the city passes by. Even every time I beep my octopus card I am amazed at how technology has advanced (gosh now I sound soooooo old). How we often overlook the small stuff, yet when we become more aware, how amazed we are by it.
The one awesome thing listed in the book that I remembered last night was – “Peeling an orange in one shot”. He described it as “peeling an orange into only one big, swirly peel, it can be one of the greatest fruit-eating experiences of your life”. He proceeds on to describing HOW to do it to guarantee success, and if you nailed it, then SHOW AND TELL! Guess I don’t have to tell you what I did next… and guess what, it was AWESOME!