910 thoughts on “#1 Anything you want it to be

  1. Hi everyone,

    Wow! This has been an experience far beyond words. I can’t even begin to express sincere thank yous to each and every one of you for surfing the AWESOME wave with me over the past four years.

    I’d love to hear what you think about the #1 awesome thing and what’s awesome to you. I thought about #1 a lot was trying to say a few things:

    1. You can be happy focusing on little things. That’s all we have! Between high highs and low lows there’s so many tiny pleasures… here, there, everywhere, with all of us, right now. It is literally anything we want it to be.

    2. It goes on forever. As we hit #1 the AWESOME movement is inspiring Plays of Awesome, Books of Awesome as school projects, and entire towns reading The Book of Awesome together. The books are at the top of the bestseller list, I’m speaking to families, businesses, and universities, and just tonight a 9-year-old boy told me he’s been rereading the book over and over for two years. The AWESOME movement won’t end now. Maybe it’s just beginning.

    3. Awesome is… what’s awesome to you. This has been one of the themes throughout 1000 Awesome Things. It’s the reason The Books of Awesome don’t have author photos, dedications, or bios. Because it’s about you! It’s about what’s in your heart. We can always share together but your #1 may change… and I know we’ll always love hearing what it is.

    I am so incredibly happy, grateful, sad, and hopeful about hitting #1 on this blog.

    Thank you forever and ever.

    With lots of love and high tens,


    p.s. There will be a special announcement on 1000awesomethings.com in June.

      1. I can’t believe there are already over 200 comments this morning! Neil, that is proof that this blog has meant so much to all of us. Thank you so much. We love you, keep being awesome!

        1. Thank you so much Neil! #1 for me is definitely Smiling! You have made me smile so much reading your blog everyday. You are a truly AWESOME person. Thank you again. So much love to you,

          Julia :)

        1. Bekah, it was definitely more amazing than you could imagine! Even chocolate milk on tap! How awesome is that! :)

          1. AHHHH!! I’ve never had chocolate milk on tap, but I’ve heard lots about it. I really wish I was there to share in the awesome in person with everyone.

            1. For me the coolest thing was when Neil did shout-outs to family and friends in the audience and I was standing right next to his dad and girlfriend. And I was like, when I walked in here, I thought you were strangers, but knowing who you are, I know so much about you already, I’ve read so much about who you are that I almost feel like part of the family. That was a really cool experience :)

                    1. If its ever announced that this is going to be televised, I must know about it. Unless of course its something that’s just going to air in Canada. If that’s the case, then I’m making a stop at Jdurley’s before heading over to Freddo’s.

        2. It was great! I’ve been to all Neil’s bookstore events in Toronto, and each time it really warms my heart to see so many diverse people opening themselves up to sharing the awesome! I really think that’s the most awesome thing of all. xoxo everyone!

    1. Thank YOU, Neil. You deserve the Number One spot. ;)

      I have loved following this blog for so many years. You were one of the main reasons I started up my own blog, and have had a ball doing it!

      Thank you so much for reminding us all to remember those little, awesome things that make life great.

      1. And don’t you just love that this post has been live for about ten minutes, and already there are 44 comments? Probably more, by the time I push the “Post Comment” button. ;)

          1. I admit, I stared at that white space for longer than I am proud to admit, waiting for my slow computer to load an image. :P

            Speaking of slow computers, my poor old beast is having so much trouble reloading this screen each time, because more and more comments are flooding in! (85 in 25 minutes, by my count. AWESOME!)

            1. I was curious, so I just went on a joyful journey through Neil’s posts until I found this:

              “NUMBER 251: When none of the peas fall off your fork on the way to your mouth.”

              While I had been following 1000 Awesome Things for far longer than #251, it was on this post that I first shared a comment as “Love The Bad Guy”.

              Prior to that, I shyly left several comments (few and far between, I’ll admit) under the name “A. Nonny Muss” and before that, simply “Jess”. (*le gasp!* Love The Bad Guy has a name!) Ahhh, the memories!

              Speaking of which, while I was searching for my first ever comment, it was so amazing too see all the familiar names: jdurley, Freddo, wendyofaurora, Bekah, simone — been around for a long time, huh?

              Also, does anyone remember “idon’thaveaname”? He left a few comments back in the day — a rather cynical bloke whose comments caused quite a bit of stir amongst those who took him too seriously.

              I’m telling ya, the memories are incredible!

              1. Wait….YOU were A. Nonny Muss? I remember that! Yep, I’ve really been here since broccoflower! Amazing, eh? I haven’t commented on every post, not by a long shot, and I did go AWOL for a couple of months once, but yep, it’s been a long time! I’m sure if I went back through everything again, I would be amazed at how we’ve all grown as commenters.

                For example, when I first signed up to comment I thought “jdurley” was my login name – I didn’t realize it would appear with my comment, and then take on a whole life of its own! (such a noob…)

                Oh my gosh! I miss “idonthaveaname”. He (or she!) had the best dry humour!

                1. Haha, the first line to your comment makes me think that I blew your mind just a little bit! :)

                  (And yes, of course, “idon’thaveaname” could have been a girl. I wonder whatever happened to him/her…)

              2. You! It was you, A. Nonny Muss!! I remember you!!
                Yeah I been around for quite a bit. Not since Broccoflower, but shortly after. I didn’t comment though until the blog was about a year old, I think.

                1. Same here. While I don’t remember which post was my first to read, I know that I went back to Broccoflower to read it all the way through, then slowly, tentatively, began leaving comments (changing my name all the while!).

                  I also remember that when I was signed under “Jess” and “A. Nonny Muss” (using the same email address), my pic was an ugly yellow colour. Not sunshine yellow — more like a green-tinted bile colour. Not at all pleasant. I much prefer my mini-Voldemort.

      2. I agree so completely! You really do deserve the Number One spot, Neil. Thank you so, so much for sticking with the blog for all 1000. You are truly AWESOME.

    2. My number 1 thing is YOU Neil! I cannot believe that this blog is actually over! I have been clicking refresh for the past 10 minutes because i couldn’t wait to see the all awaited #1. But you definitely surprised me with that!

    3. Neil, that was so awesome! Thank you for this blog. It was honour being there tonight to hear you announce this in person. Glad I got to meet you (and that I pronounced your name right :P )

      All the best in the awesome adventures that lie ahead!

    4. I agree with another noter that you deserve to be #1. I didn’t discover this blog until recently and I’m incredibly sad that I wasn’t there for the whole awesome ride. I’ve been trying to change my life with positive thoughts and your blog has helped me so many times! I’ve given your book and told numerous people about your story. My #1 awesome is finding people with a positive outlook to share. Best wishes for your future. May the awesome always be with you.

      1. That is wonderful thing to have as your own personal #1. Positive people are out there and this blog helped bring many of us together and helped turn most into positive people.

    5. Hi Neil,

      Thank you so much for putting in so much effort and taking the initiative to turn such a simple idea into an amazing blog. You have changed so many lives including my own and helped me to help others see the awesome in their lives. Both you and this blog have brought so many people together. This blog has helped us feel important, heard and helped us realise so many amazing things about this world that we share. Again, I seriously appreciate all your blood, sweat and tears that have been incorporated into this blog. You’re an amazing person. I can’t say it enough – thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

      Big hugs, love and a high-ten,


            1. Haha! I never actually licked his ear. Yuck @ the wax and dirt yo! He didn’t notice how close I was even after the flash. I have a second photo of me about to bite his hair as well.

    6. You have touched so many souls, and helped so many people. We as readers laughed, and cried, and thought, and experienced a whirlwind of emotions, especially now that it has ended. But it’s not an ending, it’s a beginning. We can all now go out in the world and remember to look for all the little awesome things surrounding us. Because good things are everywhere. Thank you Neil. You are truly Awesome!

      1. “Civilian comment”.. love it.. and totally fitting, you’re right.. I think we’re all glad that “Troll” didn’t squeak in there at the last minute!

        1. No trolls allowed (exceptions will be made for Treasure Trolls, as their unfortunate association with other trolls is misleading) :)

    7. Your blog has helped me so much over the past half of a year, ever since I discovered your 3 A’s of Awesome video on Ted.com. Thank you one million times over for your guidance and simple reminders. You sir, are awesome!

    8. i’ve been following this blog almost since its inception in 2008; i’ve read every single awesome thing–all 1000 of them, from good ole broccoflower to anything i want. if i missed a string of them, i would go back and read all the ones i’d missed. i’ve discovered quite a bit about myself by reading this blog, and it encouraged me to try new things. it gives me a better outlook on life and a finer appreciation for life’s little pleasures. it has most definitely made an impact on my life, and i want to thank you sincerely for that. as you’ve said, it’s just the beginning. please keep being awesome!

    9. I remember back in 2009 or 2010, your telling me that the #1 Awesome Thing would be announced in April 2012. It felt comically far way. Congratulations! (My #1 awesome thing is make-outs.)

    10. Thank you Neil, for starting my day with something awesome every day. I hope whatever you do next is just as awesome as this.



      1. That thing you wrote is so sweet! :) I’m sure Neil will love it! Unless he’s already commented and I haven’t seen his comment yet :P

    11. Thank you so much for writing this blog. I’m so sad that it’s over, can’t believe it! It was insanely awesome while it was here though :) You’re truly inspiring. xoxo.

    12. Thank you for making me remember life will always move forward because it’s the little things that make it bigger, better and brighter. Much love and stay awesome xoxo

    13. thank you for all 1000 awesome things.there are a lot more awesome things in life beyond the 1000. i think that’s awesome#1. we’ve kinda gotten addicted to 1000 awesome things so much that hopefully we’ll keep finding more awesome things.Awesome job Neil.have a good life.thank you for showing us how to smile more often than we used to

    14. Hey Neil,

      We’re gonna really miss those little rays of sunshine in our inbox each day; moments that put us back in touch with life and the little things we all too often take for granted. Thank you for it all. Rock on Neil,

      Kate & Ron (living & chasing our crazy, awesome dream in SW France)

    15. Hey Neil, are you going to do another blog soon? I was so sad when #1 came…i made your blog my homepage! :-)
      Thank you for making my life a little more AWESOME! each day.
      You are a truly AWESOME! person.


    16. I missed this post last week because my grandfather died, and I was surprised to see what you did with it. I still maintain what I said in a comment on an earlier post: the #1 Awesome Thing is LOVE. Love comes in many forms, and they’re all wonderful.

      Neil, thank you for this creation. I’m happy to see it’s taken on a life of its own. You’ve given us so much; now you can sit back and enjoy everyone else’s awesome things. :)

      To Neil and all the awesome commenters: It’s been quite a ride! Have a long and awesome life!

    17. YOU Neil are awesome!
      You have made me look at my blessings in a totally different way. Thanks for the laughs, tears and soul-searching nights on the couch….each time I became a better version of myself and for that I am grateful. Life is truly short as you have described and today I kissed my Daschund, voted, ate a raspberry- filled chocolate and will BBQ fish for dinner….AWESOME!

    18. Every entry brought a smile to my face and many triggered a happy childhood memory. Saw your interview on CTV. You are AWESOME!!
      Keep writing more awesome things!

    19. When you are channel-surfing and BOOM! YOUR movie, you know the one. The one every time your friends are over you say casually, ” Oh, how about [enter fave movie here] ?” And your friends all yell, “God no, we watched that the last 1000th times we were over!” The one that that you watch at least 3 times a week.But the reason it’s the most awesome is when it JUST started and you have a bag of cheetos right beside you and a bottle of coke pepsi. A.W.E.S.O.M.E!!!!!!!!!!

    20. THANK YOU SO MUCH NEIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For the special announcement.

    21. What about love? Saying and hearing: “I love you” must be most awesome
      thing. When you really mean it and you say it feels soooo great, however it feels even better when you hear it, when you really want and need to hear it…Awesome…ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE! Simple. That’s my #1.

      XOXO Jolanta

  2. This is great! I love it! What a good, open-ended, mysterious way to bring it to a close. I know people have kind of pegged this blog as a ranked countdown (you know, like broccoflower < colons < the far corners of your mind, etc.), anxiously waiting to see which awesomes will fall where. But I don't think that the number means that one has any significance over another … until this one, that is. I love what you chose — ultimately letting us all choose, since we all have different #1s in our minds and lives — the most awesome thing there will ever be is whatever's most awesome to you! My #1 awesome is different than yours, and yours different from his, and his different from hers, and so on. Our #1s are also more than likely ever-changing.

    I'm sure going to miss this place.

    *eats spoonful of Nutella*

    See y'all at Freddo's! Kathy: loot bags ready? Everyone else: grab your colons.

    P.S. Are we doing Facebook friends? Private group? Nutella blog? Did we ever decide on that???

    1. Yeah what’s the final decision? I’m not on Facebook but I’d make one for this. I want to stay updated on you guys

      1. I don’t have one either, but I’d make one. It would be hard to get to though since its blocked at work and I don’t have a computer at home… and my phone isn’t much help with online stuff. Maybe a blog we can make in honor of 1000 awesome things?

    2. Let’s all go over to MY BLOG!

      *gets punched in face for shameless self-plug*

      Hey, if worse comes to worse, we can just hang out here, in what will surely become an amazingly long comment thread for #1. ;)

      1. LOL…I already thought about how we’d keep coming to #1 and eventually it would be the web’s longest comment thread! Hey, that’s not a shamelss plug! I’d love to go to your blog and Beckah’s smile blog! :)

    3. “Everyone else: grab your colons.” One of the better lines in a comment I can remember.

      Great post, Laura! I’m up for keeping the AWESOME! love going.. though we probably need some method of having newly generated content each day to chat about. If it’s just an open forum, I think we’ll devolve pretty quickly into a non-stop cycle of self-referential jokes about Nutella.. (not that we’re not pretty much at that stage already!)

      We’re all smart, funny and creative.. I’m sure one of us can think of something good! And as a last resort – Neil, I’m sure you’re good for another 1000, right? RIGHT??

      1. Bahahaha, yeah Neil, another four years, coming up, right? That’s what I want it to be, and you just told me that was the number one thing. Sorry buddy, that’s on you ;D

        I agree, Freddo, we’ll need some sort of content, probably. Maybe we could take days. So we’ll need 31 people, at least, each of us with day, and it’ll be our jobs to come up with a topic o’ the day. Nutella clause: Nutella can only be a topic 10 x’s per month.

        Ok, we can fine-tune the details about that in a bit … ;)

        Anyway, really, maybe now that we don’t have someone doing all the leg-work for us (AKA thinking of and writing about awesome things), we could get a place to share anything awesome that happened to us recently and find/share awesome pictures/news from elsewhere on the Interwebs. Hmmm. We can keep thinking. I’d say stay here, but eventually we run out of “Reply” options and it gets a bit confusing!

        1. I like your idea, Laura, and what a smashing way to keep the awesome going! I can’t help but think Neil would be pleased that his blog inspired us to continue sharing the Awesome!

          1. Hey! Yes this is pretty cool . Please include me in this . It would be an experience to start awesome things again…I am 100% in. keep me updated would be fun!:)

            1. I haven’t replied on here much at all, but when I do get a chance to read the comments, I love how everyone is so friendly and you all share your awesome things with each other.

              Having a forum/webpage where everyone can put forward their awesome thing for the day/week/month would be well…. awesome! Hope you guys find the place for it to happen, and when you do let the rest of us know, because I’m sure like me, there are us part timers who would love to help contribute to the awesomeness of life!

              THANK YOU NEIL!!!

              (did a post on my blog dedicated to you today too xx)

              1. Hey Beck!! Its been a great community on here and I’m going to miss it, but I am hoping that we’ll get something together soon so we can continue.

            2. pratikm23 and Becca, I read your posts (and everyone else’s) too this morning, looking for a place to carry on the discussion, so I threw together a blog called http://1000awesomefriends.org/ for friends and fans of 1000 Awesome Things! Thanks for asking for it; I hope we can make it happen together :)

        2. We can all start a blog and have access to it so we can post on it and then we’d all leave each other comments. Pictures, stories, our awesome thing of the day….. no trolls and no negative attitude allowed.

        3. Laura,
          I totally love this idea and just went out and created a blog called http://1000awesomefriends.org/, for friends and fans of 1000 Awesome Things! Let’s see there how we can keep the Awesomeness going!
          I personally love the idea of at least 31 people writing one post a month that would get published and that we could chat about. I think that could work great!

      2. Bahaha I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t like to grab my colon. It’d be a bit slimy…
        But I would love to come on facebook to see jokes about Nutella! I like the facebook idea, just because I have one already and live on it basically :P But yeah we could also come back here :)

          1. YAY!! Someone thinks I’m funny!!! Hahahahaha happy to be of service to ya Bekah ;D And btw, good on you for replying to like every single person’s comment aha :P

    4. Loot bags are ready, including little single-serving cups of Nutella, bakery air, farts, dangerous playground equipment, bike rides late at night, taking out the ponytail, and all of the rest! Dont’ ask how I did it, it’s a secret! But remember, bring your own colon! OK, someone’s gotta help carry these things…they’re heavy!

      1. On my way!!

        P.S. I feel the need to go ahead and say that I’m SO GLAD your surgery was not scheduled in conflict with the reveal of #1. Wouldn’t be the same without you here right now!

        1. Thanks so much! No way I’d let ’em schedule it today/Thursday! Though, I have to admit I’m wishing I’d had the surgery earlier so I’d come home looking forward to more Awesome countdown to give me warm fuzzies.

      2. I imagine your loot bags are like Hermione’s extension charm in HPATDH, when she brings all of the books, a change of clothes a tent, and everything else they need to defeat that bad guy that is so loved by lovethebadguy.

    5. Yeah I’m keen – I’m happy to make a page where everyone can join in on FB? Yeah?? Or do we just add eachother randomly? Wait… Does anyone even want me as a friend? 0_0

        1. Think of the tongue-in-the-ear activity as simply a method for speeding up an awesome activity: A big chunk of earwax falling out of your ear! See, you can put an awesome spin on anything, even weird tongue-ear action!

          1. Let’s just hope that there is no one here with an ear fetish, K? xD

            Also, is there a more private way I can give you guys my email so I can avoid spammers? :)

            1. “Sew, a needle pulling thread! La, a note to follow sew…” Seriously, I just really want and need to be a part of this thread! Want to say, I do hope you know how I feel, Neil and all you awesome people,how grateful I am and will always be! I’m also here tonight because I miss you all and am hoping to re-link into keep an eye the final count-down as well as the June surprise:)

                1. Awe… so sweet. Loves to ya’ too, Lizzie! Imagine if a whole lotta’ people started trickling back in and this blog morphed and grew itself some wing’s and took on a new life…”Wouldn’t it be nice!”
                  I read an article that dragonflies… oh here it is: http://sync.sympatico.ca/Bell.Sympatico.CMS/404.aspx
                  and so, I rest my case….the gates of Awesomeland must be open eternally:)
                  And get this, the day after #1, I was in a computer professionals office where I saw a tall spoon propped in the largest jar of Nutella, EVER…empty!I laughed and mused, said, “Oh, wow, you were with the awesome party last night!” She said she had worked all night but said she didn’t know the reference. She said she was not an awesome blogger, just LOVED nutella, but did not know what had overcome her the night before when she cracked it and couldn’t stop! I told her I knew what got into her while she worked the night away; told her about the blog and the Nutella fest going on here the night before and she roared with laughter! I believe this just goes to show the pure truth of collective consciousness and that the paradigm shift is happening!!! I’ve overcome a great deal of adversity by acknowledging such things for many years. Most would say not so nice things about the enthusiasm I had over such things so this wonderful place that truly gets it, is well, awesome:) WE must collectively keep it going!

                    1. “Hello, hello, hello, Is there anybody out there…”
                      Neil, Kathy, Bekah, jdurley, Freddo, Love the badguy, Emmy, Lizzie, Magda!!!
                      Merry Christmas Everyone! Sure do miss this Awesomeland-community!

  3. First off: Thank you, Neil! It’s been 4 years of daily laughs (and some tears). I don’t think I had any idea what was in store when I clicked on a link that took me to a page titled: “#1000: Broccoflower”. Well, some 4 years, 3 books, almost 50 million clicks, a few webbies, and enough positive press to cut down a small forest.. it’s been quite a run, and I’ve loved getting to share in all the fun! You deserve every bit of success that you’ve experienced, and I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store next! And all of us fans, who have loved getting to share the sunny side of life with you every day, will be right there!

    Second – what a fitting way to end this blog! The very nature of this site almost compels participation.. not necessarily as a commenter.. but as a participant in being an optimist, and noticing the little things in life that make us smile. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sent this blog to someone, and immediately have them respond with a few awesome ideas of their own. It’s contagious – once you start seeing the world through AWESOME! glasses, it’s tough to stop… and now you’ve sent us off on our way, with a blank sheet for us to fill out our own lists!

    I saw in yesterday’s post that Marrisa commented that she thought the #1 thing was going to be Love.. and I know that for me, that’s my answer. The love between friends, family, even fellow-blog-commenters is the thing that helps us feel connected with others and know that we’re not alone in this big world. And it’s surely no secret to those who have read some of my comments over the past 1000 posts – but the love I feel for my (nutella-covered, snuggie-wearing, Twilight-reading) wife is without a doubt the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. My life is 100% awesome every single day, and I have her to thank for that.

    It has been a fantastic time getting to know all of you over the past few years. Here’s hoping that we find a way to keep something like this community going somewhere else so we can all stay connected.. but regardless what happens after today, I’ll have some pretty great memories of trading posts, jokes, puns and stories with all of you!

    Keep on being AWESOME everyone – It’s been fun!

    1. Well said, Freddo. :)

      This is so spot on. There are so many awesome things in the world — both what has been presented from number 1000 to 2, and all those things we have in our heads for No#1 (for example: love, family, friends, counting down awesome things, sporks, and, of course, NUTELLA) — so to end it with an ambiguous, mysterious, “pick-your-own-adventure” style response for that coveted Number One spot was so well thought out.

      …That being said, I think I shall still go and weep openly when I turn on my computer tomorrow at 2pm and find a distinct lack of awesomeness.

    2. Thanks for so eloquently stating what was in my heart, too! Oh, except for the wife part. I’m sure she’s nice and all, but I’ll just ditto your #1 &#2. :)

          1. You know I’ll never be able to look at a picture of a toilet or read about going to the bathroom without going *tick*. I did this today on something. Thanks jdurley! I wonder what the final count would be if someone were taking count. What post did it start?

    3. Thanks Freddo and all frequent posters. I never knew you in person, but I enjoyed reading your comments. Was hoping some of you would be at the ending event tonight in TO, but not sure where you guys live. Anyway, all the best…

        1. Yes, it so was amazing! So cool to see Neil as just a guy like us, able to make such a huge change in the world for the better. It makes us think that each of us can make a difference in our own little and big ways too!

          Any yes, there was chocolate milk on tap, AWESOME! Thanks Chad :)

      1. I wish I was there. It would have been great to meet some of you that did get to go. Unfortunately, I don’t live in Canada. I’m in the itty bitty state of West Virginia.

      2. I was there! I was on the balcony too, just a bit farther towards the front. You might have noticed a red-haired girl with an “I’ve been here since broccoflower” on it – that’s my daughter. I was standing beside her. Your question was great! Hope you had a chance to talk to Neil.

        1. Nice, I heard him pointing to the shirt, that’s soo cool! Unfortunately I had to run to choir right after the event, so I couldn’t stick around. But hopefully we’ll have a chance to meet him again when he does his next awesome thing! I heard something about a big annoucement in June on here: I wonder what that could be…

    4. You certainly said it, Freddo! I mirror all of what you said… replace wife with hubby and we’re all set.
      I just don’t want to say goodbye on here again… its too hard and sad. It has been tons of fun and I do hope we can all find a way to keep this going. Its breaking my heart to think that I won’t talk to you guys again. I want to still be able to tell stories and joke around… and I hope that when we finally get something going, Mr. Awesome himself will join us.

      1. Freddo, ftr, not sure I ever clarified properly and hope this comes out as I wish. When I referred to professor poo in Japan, I meant that you are so awesome even your poo could be turned into something awesome! ok:)
        Still on dial up here; computer’s running so slow, you should receive this pony express, sometime in May:)
        Your passion is refreshing, funny and beautiful!

      1. It’s pretty good! It looks so chocolatey, yet the jar says it’s over 50% hazelnuts, which worried me; but, nope, it’s good and chocolatey! “Hey, she likes it…Hey, Mikey!”

      2. Yes… and???

        (I’d be worried that we’d built it up too much over the last 4 years.. but I mean.. it’s Nutella.. there’s no fear that it would disappoint!!)

        1. Do you guys ever put this and peanut butter on toast together for a peanut butter meltaway effect? I’m thinking that’s breakfast tomorrow morning!

          1. Yes! You’re going to love it! My trick is to get to slices of toast (still warm!) and apply Nutella to one side (lay it on thick!), then with peanut butter on the other side (thick again, natch), smoosh together, and start chomping away ASAP… mmmmmm…

            1. Now I have to ask myself, “What took ya so long?!” Geez, it’s a jar of spreadable chocolate…what’s not to love?! Oh, and for the record, it needs a name change. Nutella is all wrong.

              1. Well, yes. Of course it’s spreadable. But it’s best spread via a table spoon.
                If you follow my step-to-step instructions you will gain the most pleasurable experience of devouring the amazing Nutella, or as it must be pronounced according to the website: Nootella.

                Step1: Get tablespoon
                Step2: Insert tablespoon into jar of Nutella (Nootella)
                Step3: Take spoon out, make sure the amount of Nutella exceeds the area of the spoon so it’s chocolate-iness melts in your mouth.
                Step4: Insert into mouth and spread the spreadable chocolate all over your taste palate.
                Step5: BOOM Nootella ‘Splosion.
                Step6: Repeat previous steps until jar is empty.

                Warning: talking may be impossible, if not hilarious.

    1. I’ve got another secret: I’m not big on Nutella *faints, gasps, screams* I’m one of those strange women who doesn’t care for chocolate.

        1. Lol. You need to be getting some sort of commission from nutella. Look at all these converts you’ve done single-handedly! A trip to the factory of something (though the thought of you drowning in a giant nutella mixing bowl from jumping in head first kind of worries me)

            1. lol.. that’s the best part.. Trixierix is making a spot-on Willy Wonka reference, and she’s never even seen it!

              (Trixierix – now you just need to see it to understand the dangers I’d face if I went to the Nutella factory!)

        1. Thats an amazing link!! But The best part is that theres soooi many nutella posts!!! Im not gonna lie, after years of reading Freddo’s post…this is kinda how i imagined # 1 to look! Cheers!

        1. You’re right! Kathy is a wise woman, we should listen to her! I wish I had taken a jar of Nutella to the bookstore event and whipped it out and eaten a spoonful just as Neil was announcing the #1.

    1. And now … we go spread the awesome! There may not be any more posts coming out, but this whole thing will exist for eternity (I presume) online for the world to continue to enjoy!!

      OH, also!! Our next mission is to aggressively Tweet, Facebook, and email Ellen DeGeneres until we’re able to get Neil on the Ellen Show! GO TEAM!

      1. Lovethebadguy I was thinking along similar lines… But Laura, your comment has inspired me and given me some hope! And also, I don’t watch Ellen and I’m not too fussed about her, but I would DEFINITELY watch if Neil was on there :D

      1. Think of today as a celebration, Rawan. Its like we’re graduating into a whole new world of awesomeness. Its now up to us to spread the happy!

  4. Dear Kathysio
    Im not sure what I should write, but il just keep putting down

    words and see what comes out. Im sad that this list is now over,

    cause it gave me an excuse to text you randomly so many times.

    Thanks for sharing it with me. One of these days we are going to

    write to Neil Pasricha, altho I’m not sure how. Maybe he will even

    read this comment some day…well all I can say is that if you are

    reading this comment Mr Pasricha, peas (please) write to your two

    biggest fans from Ireland if you have the time:) and you’re more

    than welcome to come to Billies with us for a swirl and Kids meal

    some time.:D:D

    Remember these Kathy ? :D


    Sigh (winky face). I couldn’t bear to tell you again in a text

    cause it makes me so sad to think about it, but Lego man seems to

    be lost forever. not winning. I think we should call him Jupiter

    tho. Today is the 19th April 2012, and im up really late waiting

    to see what the last awesome thing is. Now I want you to do me a

    favour peas. Get out your A4 pad and write down every single

    detail about today, from what you had for breakfast (more than

    likely sausages or baby food) to any legendary quotes Sarah or my

    gang said today. And then I want you to put it in an envelope and

    seal it and throw it behind your wardrobe. It will seem like a

    strange thing to do now, but in months or years to come when you

    happen to wander onto this blog again and read this comment, you

    can remember everything you did on this day and think to yourself

    “BOOM…whata day, winning, il think il give Pat a call”. Il even

    buy you a swirl for been such a good Sport if you do it:D:D

    Its funny Kathy isn’t it, that your reading this now and you’re

    the only person in the whole wide world who this comment means

    anything to or will be able to understand. So to the people who

    don’t know me or you, my best friend Kathy, and happened to come

    upon this comment by complete accident and are still reading, let

    me tell you something……I had to pay someone to give Kathy a

    high 5 last weekend, buuut ssshhh dont tell her that :D:D:D:D

    Anyways buddy I better finish this comment up, I’m having a mighty

    chat with Cian as we speak:D agus it would be rude for me to

    continue writhing:P:D.

    Best of Luck in ur German oral next week kiddo, agus always

    remember l.i.f.e.g.o.e.s.o.n :P

    Your Best Friend

    p.s. Don’t be mad but I poked you back on facebook :D

      1. No, no guys… its a funny website. Neil’s mentioned it on here before, too I believe. Yeah… its full of things that annoy us, but its true with a funny tone to it.

        1. Thanks, Bekah. Like she said, it’s just full of things in our day-to-day lives that eat at us. Not an attempt to steal Neil’s thunder, just trying to spread some humor is all.

              1. I can’t post on your unawesome-ness because my computer is stupid, so I’ll say it here.
                Thanks for plugging my blog! And yes, accidently stepping in water while wearing only socks is not for the faint of heart. I feel like I can’t get my socks off quick enough. It attacks me.

    1. One of the best things about the open endedness is that you don’t have to limit yourself to one thing. So in no particular order: my mom, dad, brother, grandparents, my dog, aunts, uncles, cousins, all family members, my friends, teachers, animals, the sun, books, mystery novels, comedians, Nutella, chocolate milk, ice cream, pizza, Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, Harry Potter, Meg Cabot, when clouds look exactly like something, summer days, winter nights, spring mornings, fall afternoons, snow, music, drama, painting, imagination, libraries, Vincent Van Gogh, drawing, my bed, my room, my town, waking up to sunlight, walking along frozen rivers, laughter, babies, this blog, Neil, the commenters on this blog, happiness, joy, excitement, curiosity, love and Awesomeness! And a lot more!

    1. YAY! I’m glad you like it! I’d hate for this to come to a bitter end where Freddo uninvites you to the after party. That might be awkward. No, on second thought, I believe Freddo would be able to put aside your differences over Nutella. Then again, he really loves it. Well anyhoo, I’m just gonna say, I’m glad that potential disaster was averted!

        1. Of course the loot bags are awesome! As already mentioned, they have little single serve cups of Nutella, so that’s good, right?

          1. I am glad that he put such a sad thing at #8 instead of #1. I had time to cry and time to say goodbye and time to reflect. Ok…not really goodbye, more like a ‘see you later’

                1. LOL! I swear, if laughter really is the best medicine, this blog has already provided me enough laughs to lead a long, healthy life!

  5. wow! i was actually first! coolness… so that’ll be my awesome thing for “anything you want it to be” – commenting first on the final post of the coolest blog ever. thanks neil for adding a nice bit of awesome spice to our lives.

    1. ha good try, smar. you’re like the 20th comment. but it was still awesome – that moment when you thought you were first. sincerely, smar.

        1. 356 or something by the time I rolled in… But good on the folks who stayed up late (and cheaters like Freddo on the left coast.)

  6. I LOVE IT!!! Thank you neil for opening my mind up to all of these small simple pleasures that i never give enough attention to. I can honestly say that this blog and everything that goes along with it, the book, the app, have all changed the way i look at life for the better. This is so wonderfully optimistic, i wish everybody would think a little more like this. I am definitely sharing this with all those that need a little more awesome in their lives, just like you’ve done with everybody who reads your posts. I cant say enough how much I love this blog!!

  7. Neil,

    Thank you for everything. You make my days brighter with every post and your books. I am honored to say that I have all of your books and got the privilege of seeing you speak at KCVI in Kingston! Please stay awesome and good luck with you future projects.

    – Hailey Hll

  8. Wow.
    That just made me tear up a little.

    How apt.
    We have the power to create and recognize our own “awesome”

    Thanks Neil.

  9. So I was watching House
    …and someone died again… :(
    …but then he came back to life after House revived him… :D
    …and then he died again… :(
    …but he came back to life after House revived him again… :D
    and the episode ended, happily ever after! :D

  10. I’ts been a pleasure everyone. Thank you for taking me on for the ride. Everything I coul say and every tear I could cry has happened. Love you guys. Thank for great memories!

    1. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you, too, trixierix! Best wishes as you embark on your very bright future, wherever it takes you!

      1. Oh you guys stop this. We’re still going to virtually hang out, we just got temporarily evicted is all. Guess we didn’t pay enough rent or something! Anyway, we’ll find a new place to chill. It won’t compare, we all know this. But we have to form some sort of support group to wean ourselves off the awesome. Withdrawal will surely follow.

        1. No goodbyes allowed. “see you later” is in order here.
          Ah man… I hate that we’re being evicted. I knew this job wasn’t paying enough!

    2. Oh and my #1 Awesome Thing is us! People. Human beings. We don’t give each other enough credit. For all the slop, there’s enough of us making sugar too and that’s AWESOME to me.

      1. I am sure that as much as I am going to miss 1000awesomethings, I just might miss the regular commenter more. You guys rock. Thanks for letting the rest of be part of your lives. So many smiles and giggles! It’s been a great run – I hope you do find somewhere to virtually carry on…and share it with those of us who have followed the comments all along :)

  11. Thank you for reminding us that happiness is in the appreciation of everything in life, no matter how big, small, insignificant, personal, funny or weird!!! WE LOVE YOU!! :)

  12. This is the perfect #1! I’m sure I’m not the only one here who has been noting personal awesomes in a journal. So, I already have many personal awesome things to fill the blank space and will continue with my list! I love how this blog has inspired so many of us and will continue to inspire!

    1. Yea.. Neil inspired me to spread the happy, so I started my smile blog, which I am neglecting today so I can comment on here. I also keep a list of things awesome to me and update it almost daily. I also have been putting my awesome thing of the day on my personal blog….which I am neglecting today too.

  13. This sent chills down my spine. It’s perfect. There couldn’t be a better number one. Thanks for all the smiles Neil. I put a little tribute to you on my blog!

  14. Wow, I go to this page, and I’m about to be the first to comment. For one second I stop to get a drink of water, and there’s almost 40 responses.

    Best. Post. Ever.

    Now I should really go to sleep.

    1. Oh, and my #1 awesome thing is going to bed feeling fulfilled because your mind is at ease with your body (or you just stayed up to read this post). It’s a blissful, simple feeling.


  15. Congrats, Neil! And congrats, us. I’ve been reading since near the start of my freshman year in high school, yet this is my first post ever. I’d just like to thank you so much for making my every weekday a little more awesome. Ever since I stumbled across your blog in the middle of algebra one morning (somewhere around #660: Stomping dry, crunchy leaves on the sidewalk!), this site has become a source of endless positivity when I’m feeling down. Each of the little things you appreciate is another reminder to me of why sticking around to experience them will always be worth it. I’m a junior now, and it’s truly been an awesome journey. Here’s to these past 1000 awesome things, and here’s to what number one means to me…

    #1 Finding another 1000 awesome things!

  16. Oh, and my number 1? Love. Love for this blog, love for my email awesome group (where a bunch of my friends and I discuss the awesome thing of the day), love for my family and friends…. love for everyone and everything! Thanks for it all Neil. Now go take a deep breath! You did it! And we are all so thankful. :)

  17. I scrolled up and down the page thinking it didn’t load. Thank you for giving all of us a blank slate. Today is the first day of the rest of our lives.

  18. Thanks for being such a happy piece of the internet. Each day I checked your blog was made happier because of the latest awesome thing you posted. I’ve really enjoyed reading it and will miss your daily reminders to appreciate the world around me. Thanks for being such a great reminder. I guess it’s time to start rereading!

    Here goes…. #1,000 Broccoflower

    what a weird vegetable.


  19. For today, my #1 Awesome is Life and Love! My bro-in-law had emergency open-heart surgery yesterday, so I spent the day at hospital with my sissy yesterday and today. He came through with flying colors! He’s alive, with a second chance at life. Living each day with those you love…Awesome!

  20. Oh, Awesome! Glad to be a part of this for the past years! I can’t even remember how I found this but I have been reading since the ‘broc’. I will miss your daily doses of awsomenes. Thanks!

  21. This is my first time commenting on a post, but I figured I’d better post now or forever hold my peice. I was one of the late comers to this site. I first heard of the blog after seeing Neil do an interview in a Maxwell House commercial (I now buy their coffee out of gratitude to them). I want to offer my thanks to Neil for brightening my day evertime I looked at one of his posts. You really helped me through some rough times in my life. I would also like to thank everyone who commented on the blog. Every comment made further enriched the awesomeness. It’s funny,even though I own the books I never read them because I’d rather read them online so I could see all the awesome things you all have to say. I’m thinking of placing one of the books in an air tight container and burying it in my yard for future generations to find. Wouldn’t it be a cool way for future generations to learn about life during our time? As much as I love the ancient history courses I take, I think a book of awesome written by an Ancient Roman would be even better way to understand history.
    Even though I have not commented before and am relativley new to the site I would still like to know if anyone is forming an book of awesome facebook page, website or something similar. I would be honoured to get better acquainted with my fellow disciples of awesomeness so we can remind one another that everyone has a little (make that a lot of) awesome inside. I have a feeling that if I ever have grandchildren one of the stories I’ll constantly tell them will be about the book of awesome. I can hear myself now “back in my day we didn’t have new fangled gadgets like the kids of these days do. We had to play outside on rusty playground equipment and we loved it. The rustier it was the better. And when he got hurt he counted it as part of the fun”. For the record, imagining yourself telling stories to your grandchildren is Awesome.
    I’m extremely grateful to Neil and the rest of you for helping me see the awesome in every day. Like my friend always says “Today is the happily ever after of yesterday, and the once upon a time of tommorow.” Even though it’s 12:30 in the morning I feel like playing some old fashioned Mario games or going down to the nearest MacDonalds to order a Neapolitan milkshake right now. Heck, maybe I will. Thank you all for everything.
    Hundreds of hours spent sharing the spirit of awesomeness with others.
    Definitely AWESOME.

    1. I’m sure wherever we all end up, we’ll post the location here. I would welcome the opportunity to get to know you better, andrperr44!

    2. The books hold a lot of awesome that wasn’t mentioned on the blogs. Get to reading, you’ll love it! We’ll figure something out on where and how we can all keep the awesome movement alive and well.

  22. This site is so steller an I think that the #1 awesome thing is throwing breakables long distances

          1. Awww :( I just realised that since I made a WordPress account, I can’t post using my normal username, using my same email address D: I’m just Emmy, ok?

            1. You can always log out and then your old square will come back. That’s what I do. If I stay in my WordPress account I have a nice pink square, but I’ve had this green one for too long to give up now.

              1. Well I tried, because I remember you commenting once about you forgetting to log out so your square was different, but it didn’t let me- it said that my email address belonged to this wordpress account and i had to log in to comment :(

              1. Ha that name was taken :/ But anyways, I *think* I’ve sorted it out- not sure how though! But yeah, I’ll see how it goes :)

                  1. Oh yeah I found it :) Put my display name as Emmy, and my first name as Zosia- I was thinking about changing to just my real name, but ive had this username for too long :)

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