Monocycle: Episode 47, The Pursuit of More Than Cool

You might remember a dramatic meditation that I wrote, which essentially made the case to abandon the pursuit of becoming cool in exchange for simply accepting who I am. I read it back to myself after it went live and felt like it came off somewhat kumbaya. Originally, I wanted to write the story for the simple reason that it seems like people are aspiring towards this weird umbrella word (cool) that doesn’t actually mean anything because it’s so subjective and mutable, but once I got to sitting and writing and simultaneously thinking, it came out as something else. So this week’s episode of Monocycle is a new way to critique my own mind (if you thought I couldn’t get more vain, surprise!). It appraises a story I have written, agrees with the clauses that still hold subjectively true, corrects the ones that could have been misunderstood or just articulated more clearly (my mind is a windy road, and I’m sorry you’re so regularly subject to the ride), considers the comments under the story (so often best and smartest parts of these stories), and ultimately leaves you gasping for air and respite at the end of this tunnel I like to call love, but which you may refer to as damned.

And that’s that.

Happy fourth Friday of 2017!!!!

Related Stories:

Show Me Your Swag

Cool vs. Effortless

How to Fake Cool

Why I Stopped Caring About Being Cool

Monocycle is edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander. Logo illustration by Kelly Shami; photo by David Lees via Getty Images.


Leandra M. Cohen

Leandra M. Cohen is the founder of Man Repeller.

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