Friday, January 05, 2007

What is Cool?

I have a confession to make.

I read the Click and Clack - Car Talk blog everyday. I first fell in love with these two zany car repair experts years ago on my local Public Radio station – they make me laugh and always have little nuggets of wisdom when it comes to taking care of your car.

Today’s posting was great!

A 16 year old high school student drives a 1989 Ford LTD Country Squire. It's red and has wood paneling on the sides, with a luggage rack on the roof and his friends tease him that it’s “uncool.” He asked Tom and Ray what they thought.

Their answer?

There are two kinds of cool. In high school, kids are worried about being different. So they define "cool" as "acceptable," and "what everyone else is driving/wearing/doing." But that's not really "cool" so much as it's "not uncool."

Think of all the people you know of -- musicians, thinkers, athletes, artists -- who you think are truly cool. They're unique, aren't they? There's no one who looks, thinks, talks or plays exactly like they do.

True coolness is about being an individual -- being yourself. And confidently expressing your true self.

Pretty profound for a couple of car guys, huh? I love it!

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