Youthful Coolness

What do most of the young people like to do? Being cool.

Being cool comes with many different expressions. It could be either walking into a dimly lit room with sunglasses on or not making any effort to try to connect with the person to the side or with the professor in a classroom. Many of us young people are way too preoccupied with being cool to open our heart to others. Until comes a day, when we need letters of recommendation or of references to apply for graduate schools for example, we realize that we have no one to email or ask for support. It is then that we inevitably start regretting and saying to ourselves,” Hmmm… Maybe I shouldn’t have been that cool.”

Youthful coolness isn’t always indicative of our wanting to be idolized. At times, it is simply a defense mechanism; especially for those of us, who feel like an outsider and may not share the same cultural background, values and traditions with majority of the people in a public space. We act cool, because we feel insecure and don’t know how to project ourselves in a confident manner to people, with whom we aren’t able to identify, on many different levels. In wanting not to be perceived as weak and vulnerable, we shield ourselves with our coolness.

Although many youths have a collective tendency to act cool; however, we wish that we didn’t have the need to be acting this way. How much we wish that we could connect and make friends with anyone and everyone we encounter. The truth of matter is, our wish is only a wish. We are not welcome in with open arms by every single person, with whom we cross path. In most cases, we have no choice but to act cool. As a consequence, we miss precious opportunities, along the way, in building bridges with people that could possibly lend us a helping hand in the future.

 

A Glamorized Addiction

Coffee is a glamorized addiction. With the branding extravaganza, masterminded by companies, such as Starbucks, this glamorized addiction has solidified not only its role in modern pop culture, but also its must-have importance on many of our daily agendas.

I have stopped consuming coffee. Not only is it because of the excessive consumption of caffeine can cause skin irritation, but also, more importantly, the stimulating property in the caffeine is responsible for causing abnormal heart rate.

Someone that I am acquainted with once told me that when her father was a young man, he worked as a pilot. In a routine body checkup, his heart was beating so fast that the doctor thought he was having a heart attack. My acquaintance’s father was ordered by the doctor on loud speakers to return to the medical centre. It turned out that his abnormal heartbeat was caused by caffeine in a cup of coffee that he had consumed, prior to the body checkup.

Drinking coffee isn’t one of those absolutely horrible things we can do to our bodies. Having a bit of indulgence of it, one in a while, is perfectly OK. That being said, like many things in life, if we consume it excessively and frequently, we certainly can expect to see and experiment the harm that it does to our health.

La Dissipation D’une Bonne Relation

J’ai la tendance innée à me tout donner pour bien servir les autres. Aidant les autres, qui sont dans le besoin, à surmonter leurs propres obstacles me fait sentir victorieux et fantastique. Récemment, je me trouve de sentir plus en plus agité, en voyant le manque d’appréciation et de gratitude, montrées par des gens, qui ont été les bénéficiaires de ma générosité.

Si la réciprocité n’existait pas, la relation ne serait pas là. On a parfois l’habitude de considérer la générosité et l’amitié des autres comme acquis; par conséquent, on ne se montre pas du tout de gratitude à ceux ou celles, qui nous ont donné leur main. Le manque d’appréciation et de gratitude, ce sont des raisons pour lesquelles une bonne relation se dissipe.