“Everything is Awesome!”

If you have seen the new Lego movie, you sang that title and finished it with … “Everything is cool when you’re part of a team!” If you haven’t seen the movie, well, you should.

My husband and I took our three boys to see The Lego Movie last night and we are all still trying to get that catchy tune out of our heads. The song is actually a bit of a joke because it’s what the unenlightened Legos love, but it sure is fun.

Sure, it becomes clear everything is not as awesome as the villain would have them believe, but they all go through the big journey of the
movie and in the end, wrap it all back up with ‘Everything is Awesome’.

Tonight I am watching the Oscars. I’ve also been following along with all the tweets. I see there are a couple of ways to see the Oscars. A popular one is the ‘Lets Criticize and Mock Everything and Everyone and their Clothes and their Face’ view.

I live in more of an ‘Everything is Awesome’ worldview. Here are some of may favorites so far:

Benedict Cumberbatch’s photobomb of U2. Taking Awesome to a whole new level.

Jennifer Lawrence stunning, stumbling, and ultimately her usual level of awesome.

Ellen Degeneres hosting again and her opening bit -awesome.

Jared Leto’s acceptance speech. So much awesome.

However, I am seeing it is not at all uncommon for people to focus on the not so awesome, not just what they see and want to make fun of on Twitter or Facebook, but then the comments on the comments on the comments. Yuk.

One especially awful series of Tweets I saw focused on Barkhad Abdi’s teeth. The Captain Phillips Best Supporting actor nominee has a great story and a lovely spirit but I saw a hateful comment about him followed by some equally hateful back and forth between several Tweeters. Why?

Is it a simple way to look at things to see the beautiful and the lovely things? Does it show greater intelligence to tear things apart and belittle people?

Perhaps some could say I am like the unenlightened Lego people bouncing along to my upbeat little song and not digging into what needs to change in the world.

But I think it’s possible to both strive to see the good things and still work to improve those things around and within us.

Of course I am not perfect and I have snarky thoughts and I make jokes, but I really do strive to filter what I put out into the world, both with IRL interactions and on social networks. I really do try to see all the stuff out there that is awesome.

And I will continue to try to get that song out of my head.

Hope everyone has an awesome week!