The western culture is driven by maximization. Best grades. Best degree. Best career. Maximization of profit. Maximization of productivity. Maximization of time. The list goes on and on. A lot of us live in this fast paced carousel running from one to do to the other. Definitely that is a big part of my life. I love challenges. Exceeding set goals. Taking on new projects. Learning new things.
But how can we manage the jump from being pretty good to awesome? Should we be faster? Maximize more? Increase the risk of being worn out and gamble with our health?
Or should we rather take a step back. Look at the bigger picture and see what would be truly awesome to have in our job, life, relationship whatever it is you name it. What about being brave enough and try something unexpected. Include a certain quality, inspiration and wonders in our daily endeavors. Engage others and share our unique spark.
Let’s have a look at the word awesomeness. From a grammatical point of view awesomeness is the superlative of awesome. This is the highest possible level of being extremely good or excellent. The word awesome itself literally means inspiring awe.
The Oxford dictionary defines awe as the following:
“a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder”
When coming across awesomeness there should be a certain emotional sensation, which is a subjective matter. But of course there are different institutions, awards etc. trying to set the parameters for awesomeness and identify e.g. people or projects having it. In that way an external validation of awesomeness can be reached.
A classic example would be the Oscars for the film industry awarding actors, film makers etc. for their great work. So how awesome is Damien Chazelle (La La Land) winning the Oscar for best director? He at least broke a record by being the youngest (32) director winning this award.
Another view on this topic would be an internal validation. Defining own parameters for being awesome. An internal experience of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder. In this way you can take more control, because you can rather control what goes on inside yourself than outside.
Now I would like to now from you: Who or what do you consider awesome and why?
I’m looking forward to your answers in the comment’s section below.