Recently my sister and I were talking about cool people who had recently passed away and what made them extraordinarily cool. But the one thing that all of them had in common was they embraced themselves…just how they were, no sugar coating. We heard when our father died years ago from so many people who said “Your dad was so cool!” And really he was very trendy. He did exactly what he wanted if it fit his age or lifestyle….or not. So that got me to wondering….how do I keep my cool groovy vibe even at this age? Be myself!
If you think about all the people who you think of as cool, you’ll find that they have several characteristics in common: they’re all confident, unique, and generally on friendly terms with everyone; there’s no reason you can’t be like that yourself. There is really no true universal definition on how to be cool, but here are some guidelines to let your cool flag fly.
Don’t just think about it….do it. It’s all very well to read books and blogs about self-improvement, but you have to actually get out there and apply the theories that resonate with you. Do it! It’s scary but so, so invigorating. Who knows that who you’ll meet and what they might be able to offer you? Be a person of action, not just a person of ideas. Life is a trip. But that is what you signed on for….the trip. Take the ride!
Be yourself. Being cool isn’t about changing who you are, it’s about being confident enough to let people see how awesome you really are. If you don’t let people see the real you, then what’s the point? Being able to be yourself and to have people appreciate you is the coolest thing of all.
Know the rules…and break them. Sometimes, I spend too much time following the rules. It usually gets me nowhere but time lost. However, there are days I just have to press the envelope. Enough said.
Cool is getting to know yourself. Who can appreciate you better than you?
Quote for the week: Be a Fruit Loop in a world full of Cheerios! Ha!