Recently, a co-worker and I had a conversation about enjoying the little things in life. It’s amazing how wonderful you feel when you get into your car and your favourite song starts playing on the radio, or when you pull on a sweater fresh out of the dryer. I find that enjoying little things like these comes naturally to me, and they help get me through a rough day.
After our conversation, my co-worker let me borrow her copy of The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha. Neil also enjoys the little things in life, so he started a blog called 1000 Awesome Things, and used the content of his blog for the book. I’m only halfway through the book, but I often find myself nodding my head in agreement with the author, and sometimes even proclaiming aloud “Yes! I love that!”
I started making a mental list of little things in life that I think are awesome, and found that many of them have to do with living in Lethbridge. The fireworks display that happens every Canada Day at Henderson Lake, for example.
I love the anticipation and the purpose of the crowd before the show starts. Mayor Magrath Drive becomes a steady stream of headlights and taillights, families weave through the residential streets with folding chairs and blankets in hand, and the pedestrian path around the lake becomes a steady flow of spectators searching for the best vantage point.
Often times on the pedestrian path I would meet up with an old friend heading in the opposite direction. We would greet and say hi, all the while still going with the flow of traffic to avoid becoming a speed bump. I always regret not staying longer to chat, but stopping would be like violating an unspoken rule during this time before the show. Finding the perfect spot is the goal. Keep your eye on the prize.
Once you have settled on a spot, your eyes drift to your surroundings. The reflection of the moon in the lake, the blinking lights of small planes circling the area, and the dragonflies that hover near the lake’s shore. You start to notice the excited din surrounding the lake, the curious questions of children to their parents, and the sudden crack of a firecracker off in the distance
Then, with a distant thud and corresponding pop, the first firework explodes in the air with a welcome cheer from the crowd. Sometimes, I take a moment to look away during the show and observe the reactions on everyone’s face, and listen to the collective oohs and aahs. During this time I feel a great sense of community with the strangers that surround me. How wonderful is it that a simple fireworks display can bring people together en mass to share in the beauty and excitement with one another. And once the finale comes to an end, the crowd collectively cheers and claps in appreciation.
What do you think is awesome about Lethbridge?