Hey Everyone! It’s me! Ellis! And boy oh boy have I been all over the place lately and at first, it was kinda crummy, but then I learned a pretty good lesson in the end all by myself kinda. I was watching the movie Almost Famous and realized that maybe trying to be cool isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and I’m okay with that because trying to be cool made me act like a crum-bum of an extra-terrestrial being.
Where do I even begin? Hmmmmmmm……. I guess it all started when I began hanging out at the neato restaurant across the street from me, and I became pretty friendly with everyone that worked there. I liked to eat, and read books about Koala Bears, and just be around a fun busy environment. And then one day, people on the staff started asking me questions and stuff because I’m an alien and all, and I was interesting to them, and then they thought I was cool, which then made me feel really cool, and then they started inviting me out to their events and things like that.
There were musicians, writers, comedians, painters, poets, even a ventriloquist, and now little red circular me! They were all wonderful and made me feel like I fit in. But what I didn’t realize was that I was also neglecting my others friends at the same time because I was soooooo wrapped up in this new feeling of being cool that I didn’t realize how crummy I was being to the people who were there for me when I needed them the most. Especially someone like my bestie Laurel Leaside, who is the best friend anyone could ever have.
So after hanging out with all these new people for so long and feeling special, it eventually started to disappear. It was hard work going out all the time, and I need my beauty sleep. Yessirree Bob, I do! Or else I get really crummy, and I don’t want anyone to see me at my unslept crummiest! And then some of my new friends were using drugs and drinking too much, and I when I mentioned to a few of them about slowing down or stopping cause it wasn’t making them happy, they kinda got crummy towards me like I was ruining their good time and that’s not what they wanted me around for.
I felt started to feel like a monkey to them and that just felt crummy. It was like I was being fed on by wolves or vampires with tattoos until there was no meat left on me. And if you’ve ever seen me in person, there’s really not that much meat on me to begin with! I’m just a red little guy. All of this became so tiring and isn’t being cool just something you are without even trying?
And that’s when I watched Almost Famous, like I mentioned earlier, and there’s this really funny character named Lester Bangs, and he said some words that changed my life forever.
“Oh, man, you made friends with ‘em. See, friendship is the booze they feed ya ‘cause they want ya to get drunk on feeling like you belong…. Because they make you feel cool, and hey, I met you. You are not cool…. Because we are uncool. You know, while women will always be a problem for guys like us. Most of the great art in the world is about that very problem. Good-looking people—they got no spine, their art never lasts. And they get the girls, but we’re smarter….’cause great art is about guilt and longing, and, you know, love disguised as sex, and sex disguised as love, and hey, let’s face it, you’ve got a big head start… I’m always home, I’m uncool….You’re doin’ great. The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool. My advice to you, I know you think these guys are your friends, if you wanna be a true friend to ‘em, be honest and unmerciful.”
And after that, I realized that I didn’t want to be cool anymore and if those people I’ve been hanging out with are my real friends, then they’ll listen to me if I have concerns about what’s going on. And they’ll care when I say that maybe going out all the time isn’t best for me, and they’ll think up different ways for us to hang out. And if that doesn’t happen, which would be super crummy, then maybe we weren’t meant to be friends in the first place and BEING COOL is really just the crummiest thing anyone could ever want to be in their whole entire lives.
And that’s all I really have to say about that. I’m gonna go hang out with Laurel Leaside today, and I’m super excited about that too. There’s nothing like hanging out with your super best friends that don’t care about being cool, cause that’s super cool to me.
AAAAAAND! This is my favourite part of Almost Famous and I just wanted you to see it too. YES!
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