When I went to junior high school, I noticed right away that there were “the cool kids” and then there was everybody else. The cool kids played sports and wore rugby pants, beer shirts and jean jackets with “Def Leppard” patches on the back.
The cool kids smoked, got into fights and went to parties with the prettiest girls in school (where I assumed there must have been lots and lots of sex happening).
I on the other hand had short spiky hair, listened to new wave music and hung out with the punk rockers and nerds from band class (where there wasn’t lots and lots of sex happening). We made fun of the cool kids and said how we didn’t want to go to their parties anyways.
Then in the summer of 1984 I discovered something that changed my life…
Me and my best friend Steve discovered BMX bikes and became obsessed. We built big ramps at his house where we would practice tricks on our bikes all day until the sun went down. His house soon became the centre of BMX action in our neighbourhood.
One of the neighbourhood kids had a better bike than us and was quite good on it. Tim became our new best friend and the 3 of us were inseparable. Tim also played soccer and over the summer we met several of his soccer buddies who were all great guys and fun to party with.
In 1984 I started high school and moved to a new school which was closer to my neighbourhood. Because it was closer to home, Steve, Tim and all the guys I met over the summer were also going there.
So there I was at a new school, hanging out with all the jocks and popular kids I met over the summer. The nerds from band class were now looking at me with disdain because I was one of the “cool kids”. I hadn’t changed. I was still a nice guy. So were the popular kids. I had just never given them a chance before. (By the way, the parties that the cool kids went to WERE way better!).
Todays wealthy adults (the enemy today) = The cool kids (the enemy in high school)
I just spent 3 weeks out-of-town working on a low-budget movie. I spent a lot of time talking to many of the lower-income, day laborers that the show hired. The script was always the same… the government is corrupt, rich people are evil, there is a secret society that runs the world, corporations make too much money, they should legalize pot…
They didn’t seem happy. They seemed angry.
I had to wonder how many of them had avoided learning about money, avoided higher education, avoided better jobs, avoided investing for retirement only because that’s what they think the cool kids (or in this case “evil rich people”) did.
If there is an evil secret society that runs the planet, I will probably never find out about it in my lifetime. I’m going to spend the rest of my days trying to learn as much as I can from “the cool kids”.