Watching Clerks for the 10th time I started to think about how many people watch “cult” classics just to be cool. I certainly enjoy Clerks very much, especially the line “Don’t suck any d!ck on your way through the parking lot!” However I do wonder how many people have found no humor in a movie that is certainly not for everyone but still acted like it was great just because so many other people think its cool.
The pursuit of cool at this level is truly harmless, you might have to sit through something you might consider boring or pointless because all of your friends think its great. Recently Napoleon Dymanite was another indie film that caused Jon Heder to become a comedy star. I am sure that the movie does not appeal to everyone, but since it was the cool thing, plenty of people started to use the sayings as well a buying the “Vote for Pedro” shirt. Even though I was one of the people that wanted one of those shirts, I did not do it to be cool.
I do not try to impress people, however, I do like making people laugh. I enjoy when I come up with a good joke or someone laughs at one of my off the wall analogies. My favorite lately, and I hope it is original, “More complicated than chinese alphabet soup.”
The pursuit of cool can take a life. I am serious. In the motorcycle world this is a harsh reality. People when riding in groups try to keep up, and most of the time the unexperienced riders are the ones that pay the price while trying to keep up and be cool. It could be riding fast, riding drunk or just riding stupid, but many pay the price. As weather starts to get nicer, more and more people are going to get motorcycles. Some new ones, some for the first time and I want to really start talking about safety.
Some people might think right now, I don’t ever want to ride a bike, why should I care. Well, you do share the road with them and making you aware that they are going to be out there is important. For those people that see a bike coming, the first thing is not to panic, even if the guy is coming at you at a high speed. Do not change lanes, do not make any sudden movements and most importantly do not slam your breaks. While in a moment of road rage you might think running a guy of the road is cool, the reality is that you might end up taking someone’s life.
Going back to the original idea of the post, all I can say is don’t try to be cool, just be yourself. As cliche as that sounds it is one of the most important statments when it comes to personality. Now, for the how do I do that? It can be very simple. If you feel like you are doing something that is not for yourself but for others, just analize that decision… while it is important to compromise with others, it is also important to know that you life for yourself and not for others.