The 10 Most Awesome Things in the World

I’m going to try to post more general posts rather than just focusing on writing (though since I live and breathe writing, even “general”  posts are probably going to talk about writing to an extent). Part of this is to attract more readers, and part of it is so I don’t burn out talking about nothing but writing.

In this post, I’m going to tell you what I think are the ten most awesome things in the world. This list is completely subjective. It’s only my opinion. So feel free to disagree or make your own list.

#1: Films from the 80s

This includes the requisite brat pack films (St. Elmo’s Fire, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, etc.), but also includes things like The Goonies, Labyrinth, Dirty Dancing, and Willow. These are the films that made me want to become a filmmaker and a storyteller. Not included on this list are 80s horror films, which all gave me nightmares as a child.

#2: Being Creative

See, I told you writing would make its way into just about any post! I’ve always been creative. I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember. I’ve also been attempting to draw and design things and build things for as long as I can remember. I still can’t draw, but every once in awhile I try again.

#3: The Ocean

There’s nothing better than just walking on the beach for hours. I’ve been known to dip my toes in the Atlantic as early as April. I live about three and a half hours from the ocean, and try to make the trip more than once a year (often just a day trip). Someday I’d love to live by the ocean.

#4: The Uncensored Hurricane Music Video/Short Film

I’m just going to put out a warning now: if you’re easily offended, uncomfortable with sex and sexuality, or under the age of 18, don’t watch this video. But if you like things that push the envelope of what’s acceptable, then I definitely recommend watching the uncensored version of the music video for 30 Seconds to Mars’ Hurricane. It’s by far one of the most inspiring short films (yes, it deserves to be called a short film rather than just a music video) I’ve ever seen, on so many levels. It’s also incredibly sexy and thought-provoking, both of which are very good things in my book. While you’re at it, watch the making of video, too:

#5: Seven Nations

I’ve been a fan of Seven Nations since I was 13 years old. That’s 15 years. I still go see them whenever they play within a couple hours of where I live (which is nowhere near often enough).

#6: 90s Grunge

I am a child of the 90s. I was born in 1984, and I was almost 10 years old when Kurt Cobain died. I was also an early bloomer, and started listening to Nirvana around the same time (much to the chagrin of my parents, who preferred George Jones, Patsy Cline, and Randy Travis to Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Stone Temple Pilots). My So-Called Life was my favorite show (though I didn’t watch it until the reruns were on MTV), followed by Daria when I was a teenager. I wore babydoll dresses and combat boots, way too much flannel, and fishnet stockings with little daisies on them. I shudder when I look at photos of myself from that era…but I still listen to the music on a regular basis (in fact, my favorite Pandora station mixes Nirvana, STP, and Pearl Jam with more recent bands like The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and 30 Seconds to Mars).

#7: The Kettlebell

I started doing kettlebell workouts last year, though I’ve only started doing them on a consistent basis in the past couple months. It’s transforming my body. Kettlebell swings work out your entire posterior chain (from your heels up to your neck) and burn more calories than virtually any other workout out there (it’s equivalent to running a 6-minute mile). It’s also fast. It takes me less than 10 minutes to work out, and yet it’s making a huge difference.

#8: Good Books

There’s nothing in the world better than a good book. I don’t make nearly enough time to read, but that doesn’t mean I love it any less.

#9: The Woods

I’ve always been very comfortable in the woods. When I was around 8 years old, my cousins tried to lose me in the swamp near our camp. I made it out of the woods without issue, walked the mile back to the camp, and arrived an hour or so before everyone else. Needless to say, my teenage cousins got in a lot of trouble for leaving me in the woods.

#10: Good Friends

You know how I said there was nothing in the world better than a good book? I think I might have been wrong: good friends are just as good, if not better. With all the things I’ve been through in the past four months, I can honestly say I would not be where I am if it were not for some incredibly awesome friends. They know who they are.

So there you have it, my list of the ten most awesome things in the world. Note that not a single one of those things has to cost money. They could all be considered “little things,” because the little things are what make life fantastic.

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