Here is a profound idea that took me more than twenty years to figure out.
The minute you stop trying to be cool, stop trying to be alternative, stop trying to be different.... you may come to realise that you are already different, alternative and perhaps even a bit cool. As I am in a foolishly truthful mood, here are some of my confessions about certain 'non-truths' I often tell (just to get the ball rolling):
I pretend my favorite movies are Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption. They really aren't. In fact, I recommend violent and tragic movies so that no one will ever find out that I am a hopeless romantic (and deport me). In truth, my favorite films are Pride and Predjudice and The Phantom of the Opera. In addition, I DO NOT like Triple J music (rock, folk or 'alternative' music). I have to stop pretending that i listen to it. Doesn't matter how much I push myself to love it, I just don't. My favorite genre of music is classical or latin soul. Thats what does it for me. so THERE. I've said it. I've published it. Now there can be no more pretending.
The minute we accept we can't fake being the 'cool' alternative person (a la Penny Lane in Almost Famous), we become our own breed of alternative. And perhaps, even just maybe, that is just a little cool and interesting?
If you can relate and have any similar non-truths, please write a comment to make me feel a little less like a putz