A Newsletter To Help You Enjoy The Sunrise By Opening The Windows Of Opportunities April 2018

What's Your Cool Quotient?

Admit it: you want to be cool.

You want to be "that girl" or "that guy" who everyone looks up to and aspires to be. You want to walk the cool walk, speak the right slang, think the cool thoughts and say the cool things.

You might also want to wear the cool brands and hang out where the cool kids do. But as you might have realized, being cool is a full-time job.

You have to stay updated on the latest trends in speech, attire, handouts, technology, etc., to maintain your "cool" status. Despite the effort, you still feel that coolness is worth striving for mostly because of our desire to feel accepted by a peer group and develop a sense of self-worth while also cultivating independent identities for ourselves.

But what is this "coolness"? Where did it come from and what are the many meanings that it has?

While coolness often tends to be regarded as something superficial, it has a rich and inspiring history in African-American jazz of the 1940s. African-American jazz artists sought to create a unique identity for themselves, which entailed following the conventions of traditional jazz music with an added twist.

One of the jazz icons of the time was Leicester Young, who defied several established practices that African-American artists were expected to follow while still asserting his identity as a jazz artist.

Young developed his own style of holding the saxophone and insisted on wearing sunglasses for all his performances. In doing so, he paved the way for new modes of expression within the jazz tradition.

Being cool involves being creative and being courageous to question status quo. Carve your niche, put your heart and mind in all that you do, let your dreams take flight and create your own brand of cool! But what is this "coolness"? Where did it come from and what are the many meanings that it has?

Excerpts from The Teenager Today – Suchaita Tenneti
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