Being Cool with Not Being Cool
The coffee was flowing much more freely than the words were on Monday after arriving home in the wee hours of the morning from YC Alberta, hence the lack of a Monday blog post. My apologies for that, everyone, but odds are I would have left you with a lot of gibberish if a post had been attempted. Speaking of YC Alberta, it was great. There was “shake your internal organs” loud (and oh-so-good) live music (Skillet, Bluetree, Propaganda, and for KING & COUNTRY were particular standouts for me), fantastic speakers (Bob Goff, Matthew Barnett, Reggie Dabbs, and Eric Samuel Timm to name a few), and good times spent with my church family. Even a broken down vehicle at 12:30 at night didn’t do much to dim our spirits on the way home.
But one thing that has been niggling a bit at the back of my brain is how it bothered me that not everyone seemed to like one of the presenters at the conference that I really enjoyed. Suddenly their seeming lack of enjoyment cast a shadow over my own. It’s like it was no longer “cool” for me to like what I, well, liked. And I wondered why, at my age, do I still struggle with that? Why do I still have this need for the “cool people” to approve of me and of my interests? I’m well past my high school years, so why does this mentality still crop up?
Granted, it’s one thing if my likes or interests are leading me down a bad path of some sort that I’m not seeing. Then by all means disapprove of what I’m doing and let me know about it. But if what is happening is a simple divergence of likes and/or interests, then here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to remind myself we’re all wired differently, and someone not liking something I enjoy should not diminish my appreciation of it.
God doesn’t tell us to be “cool”. He tells us to use what He has given us for His glory. And that includes our individual likes and interests. So here’s to stopping the pursuit of “cool” and to simply continuing to grow into the person God has made me to be.
*Photo Credit: Richard Elzey ©2012 (Flickr via Creative Commons)