What’s Cooler Than Being Cool (Ice Cold)

What is “cool”?

Of course I know it’s a step below cold but that’s not what I’m talking about. The reason I ask this is when Bryan asked Matt Barnes if he was cool in the photography issue of Travis, it made me think what my answer would be if I was asked the same thing. Does having a fancy haircut or a date this weekend automatically make someone cool? If that’s the case, I’m not too cool right now.

Growing up, I was taught by numerous rude school kids that being cool involved using swear words and making fun of other kids that were labeled as “uncool”. When all the fads of the 90s rolled along, having the best trading card or a new video game automatically crowned you the ‘king of cool’. Kids probably still think this way when in actuality, just being yourself is the best way to be cool.

Whenever I hear the word cool, I think of James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause. A man that’s smooth and says, “Hey danger, let’s dance” with his eyes. There’s a certain vibe that he gives off when you see him intensely driving a car at full speed towards a cliff that makes you mutter, “damn, he’s cool” Same goes for most of the guys back then such as Johnny Cash, Steve McQueen and Elvis.

Everyone has his or her own opinions on what’s cool and what’s not. According to Alexa Buendi-Pereira, Justin Bieber is cool while Josh Smith thinks it’s spaced ears and cardigans. A few will say it’s all about how you act, what you say, what you wear or what you like. At the end of the day, what’s really cool is doing something you enjoy that puts a smile on your face.

What does “cool” mean to you Travis readers?

-Matt Main

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