Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Am I cool yet?

Today I went down to the area of Boston that I lived for 12 years. When I lived there, I loved it. I thought it was really cool and gritty. It looks very similar now, but now that I am 39 instead of 23,the area still looks similar, but now it looks a little scary and dirty. (I feel very old saying that) Where did the "cool" me go? Actually, that is quite the laugh. I don't know if I could ever be considered "cool." I am definitely unique and an individual, but I don't think I was ever classified as cool.

I walked into one store today, that I used to frequent quite often. They sold Tarot cards, crystals, candles, incense etc. Today it smelled the same, but they have very few decks of Tarot cards (not that I need any more of them) and very few of the other things that I liked there, but they did have a WHOLE case of marijuana pipes and bongs. I, of course, was shocked. My thought process went something like this:

  • are those what they think they are?

  • OH MY GOD they are!

  • Things have certainly changed around here.

  • Maybe they haven't, maybe I just never noticed them before

  • Well that wouldn't be the strangest thing, I was a little oblivious

  • WAS - still am

  • well at least I am a cool person now.


I like knitting. I love the yarns, and I absolutely adore being part of the knit - blogging, podcast listening, knit along, swapping and stitch and bitch community. I feel like a cool kid! But again, I have to be serious, I know very few people in person outside of the people that I have met in knitting groups that share this passion. I'm having a great time, but though I thought it went away, there is still a little part of my mind that wishes that I had been cool when I had the chance.



V said...

Haha....I always feel this way when I say "Did you see that Sex and the City" episode? I don't have cable so when everyone WAS talking about them, I was clueless. I'm so out of the loop. I think the knit blogging thing is still cool...just gotta find the right nitch of the 6 million knitbloggers! How's your shawl coming?

Andi said...

Cool is a state of mind. The way one person defines cool might be the complete opposite of how another person defines cool. You say you are a unique person, that's what cool is in my book.

Anonymous said...

Favorite scents? VVSP :-)

Psyched2Knit said...

I like rose, cinnimon,vanilla, grapefruit, lemon - nothing to sweet or too perfumey. Thanks for thinking of me!

laurie said...

Cool?! Wait until you are closing on 50 and still think you are cool but think about what the "kids" are wearing now, the piercings, etc. and ask questions. I laugh at myself because when I was young the parents and grandparents were wondering about my age group at the time thinking we were all going to turn out odd and things would never be the same in some of the "old" establishments/stores they used to frequent before my time. It's an ageless cycle. Congratulations! You now have completed one of many many cycles!
Oh, by the way, I'm just cruising through blogs from KVVS saying hello. BTW, I love love the banner picture you have on your blog! Is that a project you did?

CynCyn said...

But see? as an older and wiser person, you ARE cool, b/c you know being cool isn't about being popular. (that's what I tell myself, anyway). I love that knitters from all different walks of life can agree on this one thing... we love knitting. Hmm... you think if the Prez joined our knit group, we could find something to like about him?