I especially love those days when most events happen pleasantly as anticipated. The day’s weather features a mostly clear sky, there are calm breezes, low relative humidity, and mild for the season temperatures. People seem friendlier without being patronizing and this is reflected in their driving behavior. A day like this is enhanced when my tasks are completed with satisfactory results and within the expected time parameters. I lived one of those awesome days, yesterday.

“I don’t know anybody who said, ‘I love that teacher, he or she gave a really good homework set,’ or ‘Boy, that was the best class I ever took because those exams were awesome.’ That’s not what people want to talk about. It’s not what influences people in one profession or another.”–celebrity astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson

I love the way that Neil deGrasse Tyson presents his lectures. He can convey the grandeur of the Universe while also expressing wonder about the most mundane features of our lives. His audiences gain better understanding and appreciation of our surroundings, how things work, how stuff relates to our existence, and why. His enthusiasm for his subject matter is highly contagious. I feel more gratitude for my life and the Universe around me when Dr. Tyson speaks. He personifies awesomeness.

I appreciate when people use the word “awesome” in its proper context and not just as a throwaway superlative. Overuse of superlatives in conversation does not impress me. Ideally, the use of superlatives like “awesome” should be judicious and few. The use of superlatives in writing is like the use of the exclamation mark in punctuation–use them sparingly.

Naturally, this is not a hard and fast rule for casual, informal conversation. When I have an extraordinary experience or witness something that astonishes me, I say a lot of superlatives. I think this happens because my rational mind is short-circuited at those times. Superlatives are then the reflexive, primal result of being stunned.

This is not to say that only rare, spectacular aspects of the world are worthy of superlatives like awesomeness. Sometimes we become sharply aware of our interactions with people, creatures, plants, and the Earth. We get a glimpse of the miracle of life and how rare our lives are in the context of the immensity and vastness of the Universe. At those times we intuit how even our most mundane thoughts and actions are parts of the miracle of life. Such times transcend mere beliefs and preconceived notions.

Sometimes I’m just gobsmacked by life.

The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes 20th century writer, Henry Miller. “The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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2 Responses to Awesomeness

  1. Alien Resort says:

    When I hear gobsmacked I imagine hitting my forehead.

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