The New York Times recently published an article about Canada suddenly being "hip." (http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/15/style/canada-justin-trudeau-cool.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0). Many young Canadians grabbed onto this compliment and tweeted so much that #Canada was hugely trending on Twitter today. I was perplexed. Who cares? Why does it matter?
I tweeted a quick comment:
I quickly received some feedback, and some of it was interesting. For example:
This tweeter went on to tweet:
I suppose I am old-fashioned, but trying to be "hip" was never a goal of mine. I want to be relevant, useful, and helpful--but I really do not think that "being hip" matters one bit. Do you think that teachers working overtime to teach our children care about being "hip?" What about emergency room doctors? Volunteers for the MSF (Doctors without Borders)? How about the first responders to terrorist attacks? Economists like Mark Carney (who by the way did not make the NYTimes list of hipsters)? People who are really working hard to make a positive difference in the world? I think they just want to help. Spending any time at all on trying to be hip is a total distraction.
Answer to the question: "Did you actually read it?" Of course I did. It is just not that important a topic. Spending any time at all trying to be in any kind of spotlight for any reason other to advocate for a greater good is a waste of time.
So, the smaller part of myself thinks about what Coco Channel would say. The bigger part reminds myself of what really matters.