I’ve always thought cool was overrated, silly and quite frankly a waste of time. There often times appears to be enough time and energy put into being cool that we could take that same energy and use it to light an entire major city for a year.
What is it about cool anyway?
I was at the gas station a few days ago and met a “cool” guy. He drove his cool truck and wore his cool clothes and had all of his cool toys in the back of the truck. Wow! He was cool. He even wore cool sunglasses.
I stood behind this cool guy as he approached the cashier and as I saw the way he treated this nice woman I was mortified. You would have thought we were back in the age of classes. He flipped his bills at the cashier, rolled his eyes when she asked him to repeat what he initially said and went on to berate her because the store didn’t have the right kind of energy drink. I would have said something, but this sweet older woman managed just fine.
“You should spend less time trying to be cool and more time trying to be nice,” she said as she then refused to ring up his goods. “Go where the cool people are,” she said.
One of those priceless moments in life, for sure.
I have a great job where I get to spend time around local athletes. Most of the athletes here are terrific. Oh, they’re high school kids navigating those awkward teenage years, but I can honestly say the acts of humility and kindness truly outnumber the obnoxious acts of coolness 100 times over.
Cool, in south Davis County, may still exist, but it is dying...thank goodness.
Here are four of my favorite non-cool local athletes. David Bitner, who played basketball at Woods Cross; Viewmont wrestler Ikeru Abe; Davis runner Seth Gutzmiller and Bountiful High’s Shawn Carter.
These are athletes I’ve had the chance to get to know over the years. They are relatively quiet, focused on their sport, but remain fun and even in many cases silly. These are four of many who have it figured out. Cool is flash in the pan, a brief moment, but the impacts of high school can be felt forever.
I know one former local athlete who made a huge impression on me. He was asked to a dance by a girl who was not in the “cool” crowd. She was very kind and had great qualities but for whatever reason she spent time in a different group of friends. This young man hung out with the so-called in-crowd (which he often laughed off as stupid). This young man accepted the invitation to the dance and had a wonderful evening with this girl he had previously known very little about. Since this young man was the son of a friend of mine I was privy to the experience.
After the dance he commented to his father that he was so glad this young lady was so nice to think to invite him to the dance. He explained it gave him a chance to get to know a new person and these two have remained friends.
What wasn’t known, however, was the ridicule and peer pressure this young man had received to “dump” the young lady when a more popular date had become available. He asked his father, “Do people really do those kinds of things? How could people be so mean?”
This kid, who was an all-state athlete and a good looking young man, never saw him self as anything more special than anyone else. He was a gifted athlete, blessed with those things we all wish we had as high school seniors with smarts, looks, etc. But more than anything, through his actions, this athlete, like so many others we have here in Davis County, truly was cool.
Just a thought.