1,000 Awesome Things Blog Comes To A Close

Toronto blog lists number-one awesome thing.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

After four years of pointing out awesome thing about every-day life the blog "1000 Awesome Things" is coming to a close – and the number-one most awesome thing was finally revealed: it's anything you want it to be.

It followed up number two, which was "Remembering how lucky we are to be here right now" and number three's "The far corners of your mind."

Thirty-two-year-old Toronto writer Neil Pasricha has been recording his thoughts on awesome things for years, and has been featured on a myriad of media outlets including CNN, BBC, Wired, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Esquire, The Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star. They even made a series of books based on the blog called "The Book of Awesome," which became national and international bestsellers.

"The No. 1 awesome thing, overall, is: anything you want it to be," Pasricha said in an interview with the Canadian Press. "Unlike every other post on 1,000 Awesome Things that are about small pleasures – like finally peeing after holding it forever (No. 529) – this post is the last one and … it’s meant to be different than the other awesome things. The awesome movement isn’t going to stop. By saying it’s anything you want it to be I’m implying that you get to choose, you get to take it as far as you want, you get to fill in the blank. Awesome goes on forever."

His blog started as a way to deal with trials he was facing in his own life. He went on to say, "Life just hadn’t been that great lately, I was in a marriage heading in the wrong direction, my closest friend was battling severe mental illness and I really thought I needed a way to focus on the positive somehow," said Pasricha, who later got divorced and lost his friend to suicide, two difficult chapters in his life that became awesome entries; getting to the light at the end of the tunnel (No. 567) and smiling and thinking of good friends who are gone (No. 829).