Is a hippopotamus a hippopotamus, or just a really cool Opotamus? ~Mitch Hedberg~
Does anyone ever believe they are truly hip or cool?
I suppose the egotists of the world do.
(No, no, that’s not you.)
A friend recently texted me that her boyfriend thought I was “a pretty cool person,” which set me to pondering about what this means. I don’t necessarily consider “cool” as a word that defines me.
A Star Trek Nerd? Yes. A gangly girl who trips over her own two feet? Yes. A blogger and Facebook socialite? Yes. A cat mom? Yes. A daughter, sister and friend? Yes. A lover of dark chocolate and bacon and an orange bicycle? Absolutely yes! But cool? As the not-popular, tall girl in school, it doesn’t seem possible.
What is the how, why, what, where, when of this supposed cool? How do I…how do you earn this moniker? Are there rules to follow or guidelines on how to be cool? Are there pictures?
Yes, I included a photo of my mother. She’s cool. If you are a Facebook friend of my true self, you may have recently come upon the following status.
Mom’s Social Worker: “Hi Pauline, how are you doing? You look good!”
Social Worker: “You look really good!”
Mom: “I’ll give you a nickel.” *smirk*
The Social Worker also thinks mom is cool, even after she asked him if he was a man. (She has been used to seeing female social workers, so I imagine she was a bit confused by his presence.)
In determining what constitutes “cool,” consider these definitions:
Fashionably attractive or impressive.
|synonyms:||fashionable, stylish, chic, up-to-the-minute, sophisticated, trendy, funky, with it, hip, big, happening, groovy, phat, kicky,fly, styling/stylin’|
|synonyms:||self-control, control, composure, self-possession, self-command, calmness, equilibrium, calm, aplomb, poise, sangfroid, presence of mind|
As I look at an unadorned face in the mirror and the funky “Almoose Asleep” pajamas (adorned with moose, of course), I am calm and composed. I have command of the moment.
According to definition, I am somewhat cool.
Before you answer, consider this: Self-deprecation aside, we are all cool in some way. We do not need shades or the intelligence of a Harvard graduate or the body of Heidi Klum, although I would never turn down the latter. We don’t always have to be fashionable or poised, calm and collected. We don’t need to be tech savvy or know current tech lingo or understand “the cloud.” We don’t have to fit into unachievable parameters designated by the rest of society.
We ARE cool.
It’s the endearing, user-friendly, admirable qualities that exist in every human that makes them cool. Take my boss, for instance. I want to be more like her: Intelligent, inspired by faith, empathetic toward others, always knows the right words to say, and is seldom frazzled. These qualities ooze “cool” in my eyes. In return, my boss once told me that she admired me for my willingness to experience new things, to seek out new life, to boldly go…
Sorry, there’s that Star Trek nerdiness.
There are others in my life that I consider cool for differing qualities: Natasha, for her service to country and determination to get the job done; Red, for her holiday decorating and MacGyver-like abilities; co-worker Kris, for her awesome sense of humor; friend Sharon, for her caring heart; to many fellow bloggers, whose writing abilities are exceptional, funny, provocative and entertaining; and my brother, who shares the same love of Packer football and super-weird Christmas ornaments.
What I intend for this post to say is that no matter the bad habits or occasional bad behavior that exists in us, we have redeemable and often beautiful assets that lay the title of “cool” upon all. We don’t always see them, but they are there. It’s the cool of one’s actions – as in those that volunteer on a regular basis or engage in a Tough Mudder or simply give a helping hand to a neighbor without looking for anything in return. It’s the cool of one’s personality – being honest, smiling in good times and bad, showing calm in the face of Chicken Little and his pals. It’s the cool of one’s hobbies – running marathons, knitting sweaters, performing in community theater, crafting, antiquing, sewing, etc. It’s the cool of who you are at work – the one who always meets deadlines, the one who’s always willing to help, the one who brings home-baked treats to the office once a month, the one who is respected by all of his/her peers. It’s the cool of your aura – the way you hold your head high with a positive spirit and open mind or how you react to an Uno “draw four” card after a few glasses of wine.
Be still and cool in thine own mind and spirit. ~George Fox~
Right, George, I just said that.
Fellow bloggers, readers, followers, Facebook friends, and anyone else reading this post, I want to know one thing.
What makes YOU cool?
I want you to be unashamed and tell me about your coolness factor. Remember that coolness doesn’t have to be about rainbows and ponies and fairy dust. Are you cool because you know how to swear without ever offending anyone? Are you cool because you go shopping in your pajamas? Are you cool because you collect every single Doctor Who piece of memorabilia known to man? Are you cool because you wear your mullet with pride?
Are you a Cool Opotamus?