What is Cool?
Prompt: What is cool?
My response (hand written on 6/19/2002):
Cool is remembering the name of everyone you meet. Cool is the ability to sing to thousands. Cool is walking into a crowded room and scanning it, looking everyone in the eye. Cool is knowing you are beautiful, no matter what you look like.
Cool is driving fast while playing your favorite song. Cool is sitting on the bus in the morning with a latte in your hand and big sunglasses shading your eyes. Cool is wearing clothes that don’t match and walking confidently, knowing it’s a style all your own.
Cool is walking down the street sashaying your hips. Cool is writing a poem in a café and glaring at people on cell phones. Cool is sitting in bar in Soho, sipping a martini. Cool is being sure of yourself in any situation. Cool is wearing big jewelry in moderation. Cool is knowing when to wear nail polish and lipstick, and when not to.
Cool is getting attention without even trying. Cool is a musician walking down the street with a guitar strapped to his back. Cool is listening to a song someone wrote themselves. Cool is someone who likes to read books. Cool is intelligent, deep conversation.
Cool is two different cultures, eating at the same table and talking. Cool is the ability to buy yourself some gifts. Cool is being able to look at your life objectively, and taking action to change it. Cool is not paying attention to fashion trends.