Follow these simple steps and you will be on your way of discovering your inner cool:
1. Have a firm grasp on what's cool and what isn't.
|This clearly isn't|
This is not as simple as it sounds, as it isn't clear to many what is and what isn't: You might believe that Hip is a synonym of cool, nothing further from the truth. Hip means what's popular at the moment, if you stick to fashion you will lose your cool in no time.
The first rule of cool is:
Cool means relaxed.
Follow this checklist and you will know if it's cool or not.
a) Is it something you could sleep wearing?
b) Can you listen to it while you exercise?
c) Is it understandable, not to the point of being obscure but not shallow either?
d) Is it easy to describe to someone who doesn't know it?
e) Is it associated with positive feelings without being too corny or shabby?
f) Is it honest and unpretentious?
g) Is it affordable or possible to get?
h) Is it original and /or has some unique quality to it?
i) Does it help you relax?
j) Would you consider sharing it with a friend who might like it?
h) Are you able to talk about it for a considerable amount of time?
i) Does it offer a second level of meaning (i.e. you could see it a second time and become aware of more details)?
j) Is it fun?
If you answer YES to most of these questions then you can consider it cool.
2. Cool must be self evident.
3. Politics aren't cool.
|Coolest pic you will see of this totally uncool crowd.|
This should be a no-brainer, however I have seen many lose their cool over this. Adhere to a political party or champion a cause and you are not cool. Just look what happened to Bono, the coolest cat in the world back in the day, he started activism and now intellectuals in Africa organized an even just to tell him to stop.
|Stopping starvation in Africa one yummy baby at a time.|
Nowadays the guy is a bloody joke.Same thing with Rage Against The Machine's Zach de la Rocha when he left the group to play folk music, with Tom Cruise and John Travolta when they became active promoting Scientology...And all of them have way more cool that you could ever handle, what awaits you, stupid mortal?
Besides, causes and political parties are totally lame, people only join causes to try to fix the world when they can't fix the persons in the house they live in. Also, choosing a cause means ignoring many others, so why bother, anyways?
4. To be a hater is totally uncool.
People assume that's OK to hate all mainstream culture, "if it's on the radio or on TV it's junk culture for the ignorant masses", that's a totally lame belief. Just remember, hating everything is a sign of ignorance, not of virtue.
|Ok, hating him is totally cool, I'll give you that.|
|or your face will stay like that.|
The biggest problem with lies is that it only takes people to uncover one and you will forever be dubbed a liar, no matter what you do, one mistake and it's the end of the road.
Telling the truth is easier, you don't have to remember a whole lot and overall, it removes the anxiety of ever being caught, thus improving your cool attitude.
6. Don't be a dick.
|Don't be Andy Dick either.|
Hold the strong conviction that it's wrong to hold strong convictions
This, for many, is the most difficult point, you will find people as hateful as you that will bring that part of you to the surface, that's the main obstacle to cool, you will fit in with them but with no one else. Be cool and you will fit in anywhere.
The second rule of cool is: It's cool not to be cool all the time. if you try to be cool 24/7 you will look tired and forced, thus uncool.
Tell me your success and failure stories, now that will be so cool!!!