Why it’s important to save awesome for when it really is

‘Awesome’ is one of those words whose meaning has devalued over the years like a Zimbabwean dollar.

Once upon a time it would have been reserved to describe some thing or place of incomparable beauty, for example, whereas today it could easily be said by someone (generally of youthful age) as you hand them a glass of water.


Language evolves all the time of course, but I prefer to save Awesome for use on those rare occasions when my senses are drinking in a sight or sound of exquisite glory.

For me, the Grand Canyon was genuinely awesome, as was a modest waterfall in a little valley in the English Lake District.

I’m sure you have your own memories of stunning places you’ve been, and it’s quite likely that as you recall them you associate them with feeling good.

Having an incomparable vista in front of you can take your breath away.

It can temporarily blot out worries and sadness.

It can fill you with hope and optimism.

Unless you’re incredibly lucky you’re probably not headed to the Grand Canyon today, but this needn’t stop you benefiting from at least a little of the effects you might experience if you were whisked away to its rim.

When you take the time to look and stare, almost anywhere on Earth can be full of wonder, but you do have to take notice of it rather than simply walking on by.

So as you proceed through the day, why not try to look at things as if you were a tourist?

It probably won’t give your spirits the boost they’d get if you were in Arizona, but even a little is better than nothing, and this surely is at least a little awesome.

3 thoughts on “Why it’s important to save awesome for when it really is

  1. So the Grand Canyon is in Arizona ? Bit far – but strangely, I wished myself there
    this very morning – do you believe it !

  2. Interesting post. I find the same with some negative terms, eg hate. Many people seem to use it to describe things in their everyday lives, but I don’t think that there is really much or anything that I hate day to day. I don’t like to use it as I think it’s too extreme and I feel it sends subtle negative messages to my brain. I have a friend who says brutal a lot, eg not being able to take a half day off because of work commitments is brutal…. Again the negative is overblown and the brain receives an overly negative message.

  3. Have just finished doing some light gardening. Had thought my garden wasn’t looking that good, but decided to view it as if I was purchasing the property, and do you know? It isn’t that bad really and in fact, it’s quite lovely in parts: still some flowering plants, some plants will be cut back in a few weeks and others I will leave for ‘structure’ and when the frosts come, there will be tall and short structures catching the frozen fingers and give something for the spiders to make webs on! Not awesome, but quite lovely!

    You made me think twice about my liddle patch, Jon, thank you☺️

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