"Be Awesomer" posters have shown up in my Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook feeds, and I haven't even managed to be "awesome" yet!
Starting sometime around the appearance of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure "awesome" became, well, awesome. Now it seems we can use it for anything slightly above average, and I do. "That movie is awesome." "This coffee is awesome." "My kids are awesome."
When I say my "my kids are awesome", I really mean my kids are usually good,
and once in a while, downright excellent.
The same thing goes for my days, my life, my marriage, my family, etc.
I'm good with this, but I'm not fine with awesomer. Maybe I am too literall, but what message are we sending when we say, "be awesomer"?
Is it comparative, like "I'll 'be awesomer' than you."?
If that's the case then I think the charitable thing to do is to be average. That way others around me will feel "awesomer" by comparison.
I could make a poster that says, "Be Average, It's Nice." Or maybe it should read, "Be Averager, It's Nicer."
Maybe we are saying that we should try harder? I was told once that when I do my best, I should make sure it's my very best. WHAT?!?! Is it possible to do better than one's best? Is it possible to be awesomer than awesome? I don't think so and I think if I go around telling myself it is I will just feel like a failure, something I feel on occasion already and don't need any help with.
My point my friends, is that we usually set out to do our best. I don't wake up in the morning thinking, "I really want to do my worst today" or "I hope today I will be careless, negligent and unsatisfactory." But somedays my best is careless, negligent and unsatisfactory because I am a human. I'm not technically awesome so I'm never going to "be awesomer" and that's OK.
Do you know someone who is awesome, but is always hard on themselves. Send them this post and tell them why you think they are so great!