I’m not ‘cool’. Not even remotely, slightly, barely, or any other small-ly that exists. I use to try to be ‘cool’. But it was exhausting, and it made me come off as desperate. Which made me extra uncool. What’s that all about? Who wants to be desperate? Desperate is tired. Desperate is humiliating. Desperate reeks. Desperate is where I don’t want to be.
The thing is, for most people, being ‘cool’ is a lot of work. Some people are effortlessly and legitimately cool (note the lack of quotes there), like Snoopy (see above), Jon Hamm (if you click on that link you can see why he’s cool *cough* he packs heat, *cough* giant wang), Jennifer Lawrence (that girl is flawless), or most British musicians, but those people are superhuman and probably part alien. Standards like theirs cannot be met. It’s close to impossible. In my life, I’ve met very few legitimately cool human beings. Everyone else has either been quirky, awesome interesting people. People who, in all actuality, are cool for their uncoolness. Which, I have to tell you is the raddest type of person – well, other than the legitimate cool aliens I mentioned above. And the other ‘cool’ people are most often plain ol’posers (also known as the worst kind of people) who only do ‘cool’ things and associate with other ‘cool’ people!
You know, people who try to hard to be cool (Justin Bieber). Don’t get mad, you know what I’m talking about.
There’s a fine line between coolness and douchiness. So, when trying to assess if you’re cool by your uncoolness, or just a douchy poser, rate your life choices by this criteria:
- Are you engaging in your activity because you think it’s fun, or because you think it’s ‘cool’?
- Are you going to that restaurant because it’s on the trendy-list only, or do you actually like the food?
- Do your friends add value to your life? Or are they other ‘cool’ people that fit your ‘cool’ quota, that you can hang out with and do ‘cool’ things.
- Why do you like that music? Be honest? Is it because you actually like it? Or…did someone tell you it was ‘cool’?
What I’ve learned in my 31 years of existence is that what makes you interesting is what sets you apart from everyone else. And being interesting is way more important than being ‘cool’. Be a nerd, a dancer, a mathlete, a genius, a glee club member, a video gamer, a painter, a reader, a hard worker. When you find your interests and your passions, emphasize your individuality, your quirkiness and your awesomeness, embrace your uncoolness and then, by default, you’ll actually be cool (not ‘cool’), like Tina and Amy. Which is pretty awesome.
Trivia: did you notice the difference between legitimately cool and ‘cool’. It’s pretty significant. One is awesome, the other is obnoxious.