Thursday, April 19, 2012

For Neil

I will post about taking the kids to the circus tomorrow along with a few pics, but I wanted to take today to say a few things. This is the exact same thing that I posted over on my other blog

So, I want to take today to honor the man to inspired me to start this blog. Neil Pasricha, the man behind and the author of The Book of Awesome, The Book of (Even More) Awesome, The Book of (Holiday) Awesome and the 2012 Calendar of Awesome. I use my blog to help spread the happy and I like to, from time to time, put up articles of people that are doing just that-spreading the happy. Well... today, I don't have an article, even though Mr. Pasricha has been in many. I want to write my own little something for him instead of featuring an article.
For the past 4 years, Neil has diligently posted an awesome thing every week day. It ranges from your favorite pair of underwear to ducks to a stranger helping you parallel park to snow days to crying to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel to the perfect milk to cereal ratio to high fiving babies to school science projects to illegal naps to seeing an old couple holding hands and many more. Many times Neil has mad me laugh and many times he's made me cry. Every day he's made me think about the things that he posts and it makes me realize that there is a little bit of awesome everywhere. Sadly, his countdown reached 1000 today. When I got to his blog to see what #1 could be, I opened the page to over 200 comments already and the post Anything you want it to be. What a very fitting ending to such a wonderful blog.
Neil has helped many people in hard times. He's helped them open their eyes to the little joys life brings us all and the realization that they are not alone. Most of us grew up playing on dangerous playground equipment and find a bit of comfort in ugly actors, fat baseball players and yellow teeth. I learned that there is a such thing as ordering off the menu, ya know... when you order something that isn't actually listed on the menu at a restaurant...
He has given me my morning dose of happiness for 4 years and I'm sad to see it end. Its been so much fun going on his blog and sharing stories with the other commenters. We are all a part of the awesome community. Without Neil, I wouldn't have gotten to know these wonderful people and their stories. We wouldn't have gotten to joke around and share our undying love for Nutella. Neil's even tricked us a few times on April Fool's Day with things like when you're drowning and then a dolphin comes to your rescue and when you're being chased by zombies and suddenly find a hidden stash of guns and ammo. And then on April 1, 2011 between posts 276 and 275 he didn't really post anything... just said this, "Hi everyone,It’s been a great few years but we finally ran out of awesome things.Thanks so much for reading.Neil" With a link to April Fool's Day wiki page. He's been
He's been fun to 'hang out' with and its been great getting a view into his own life. He's talked to us about that teacher, sisters, hanging out with your mom, your mom's love, dads, and his own hardships. He's shared his life with us. We shared ours with him. I feel like I really know him and most of the people that comment on there. We are kind of like a family. One very awesome family.
Many people have thanked Neil for what he's done, many people are grateful to have stumbled across his blog. I know I am. I can't remember how I found it, but I am sooo glad that I did. No words can express my joy and my gratitude and my admiration for Neil and his awesome movement. I feel like I am forever in debt to this man. He's helped me put the past behind me and appreciate today. I've let bad feelings melt away and I love myself more today than I did 4 years ago. Through this change that I've experienced in myself because of Neil, my marriage is stronger and my love for my children are greater than I could have ever imagined. I know some of you might think that is silly, but in order to love others to the fullest, you must first love yourself.
So Neil... I just wanted you to know that every time I am typing in my user name and password at the speed of light, or when the thing I was going to buy is already on sale, or whenever I have rain hair, or taking illegal naps, I will always think of you and the joy that you brought to my life. I hope you enjoy that you finally got to cross off the last item on your list. I am looking forward to seeing more works from you and I hope you keep finding awesome things... I know I will.


  1. I am too a follower of 1000 Awesome Things and am sad to see it come to an end, but it brought great joy to many of us, so it was a wonderful journey. I love this post you wrote Bekah and you couldn't have said it better. Thank you for all your comments of I loved reading them!!


  2. This is SO B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L., Bekah:)
    Thank you! (*Subscribe*)
    I wish I was clever enough to start a blog. I think it would be good creative fun to have one, You sure do a great job with all yours! Not long ago I took Kathy from Awesomeland's, advice and tried. Got as far as the title and what to do next, being not so good at following most instruction manuals, I gave up that very day. Likely the shortest lived blog World Press has ever seen! Hahhh. The title became my motto for survival in 2009, after a head injury left me with no sight, (among other things). First came the song, "I get knocked down, then I get up again and I envisioned me like a blow-up punching doll while I reflected on life's lessons and what I had left undone, yet still to do...and from there realized I could develop some great creative visualization skills. I started by altering the black to dream-state blue and from there some other really cool images and ideas came through. Some agreed with me while others weren't too sure if I was a goner. Those who saw the divine are still my friends. From here came the motto, "In the light of the deep divine" which was my first comment in #340, "Feeling it in your bones,"~ my entry into the world of Awesomeland, which absolutely helped to save my life. You being one of those remarkable people who helped to raise me up again, so I could stand on mountains...again. Actually see more today, in more ways than one. Love more deeply and also know I deserve the same.
    I did have some, and am still having some cutting edge medical intervention for the culprit lumps but most the time I have sight again, walking and talking abilities; fewer seizures and, and, and...among other things!
    You are an AWESOME mom and individual! I hope all your dreams in life come true! I wish for you a sparkly pair of ruby red shoes that remind you, home is where the heart is, and with a heart as beautiful as yours, wherever you are you will always have a haven. Thank you for being most amazing and authentic awesome you:)
    Every time I see a smiley face I think of you and hope to meet one day! PLEASE, if ever you're traveling to B.C., know you're welcome here! I mean that! Great fishing and all sorts of awesome stuff and sights:) Take care!