Let’s face it, the meaning of the word “awesome” has changed. I used to lament that fact but we all need to realize that language is a fluid thing. The meanings of certain words may change over time but the concepts stay the same. We just have to find new words to communicate those same thoughts.
Today, “awesome” can have a wide range of uses:
- Positive Feedback in Conversation – “So, you have your own podcast? Awesome.”
- Sarcasm – “My phone just died. That’s just awesome.”
- Enthusiasm – “Did you see [insert latest Marvel movie]? It was awesome!”
- Praise – “You should hire Joan, she’s awesome to work with.”
I’m sure there are more but for the purpose of this site, to “Be Awesome” simply means to be the best that you can be at what you do in life; from the way you treat people to the way that you use your skills and abilities.
Why Humbly Awesome?
Many people are admired for being awesome at what they do. Most of the time, these people are entertainers of one form or another: songwriters, musicians, actors, directors, dancers, artists. People who are incredibly intelligent or have achieved fame in business or academia are touted as being awesome. Even politicians can be awesome (at least 45% of people think so).
Not so many of these same people are “awesome” in their private lives.
I’ve met people at the grocery store or on the customer service line that are awesome in a different way. They were people who demonstrated that they cared about me. The were HUMBLY awesome.
My name is Rick and I am the person behind the thoughts on these pages. I have been around for a few years and have the gray hair and beard to prove it. Yes, Gandalf is my #goals.
I’m not a guru or self-help motivational speaker. I simply want to share some things I have learned as I try to be an awesome friend, spouse, dad, coworker and neighbor.
As a professional software developer I desire to go beyond just writing awesome code and try to be a humble employee, coworker and mentor. As a volunteer I serve as a worship leader at Calvary Miami Beach and am one of the organizers of WordCamp Miami.