Looking cool is often associated with the young and famous. But yesterday I read a heart warming account from a 59 year old woman, Helen Walmsley-Johnson, who realised that looking cool was about self assurance and confidence. She says that couple of years ago she was holidaying alone in France and had been given an awkward seating in the middle of the restaurant. It seemed to present her as a lone woman to all those to came inside. However, she accepted this and relaxed, reading a book. Suddenly another English speaking woman came to speak to her, “Excuse me but my daughter thinks that you are really cool and we wondered if you’d like to drink with us?” These three then spent the rest of the evening, laughing and talking. When asked why the teenager had thought she was cool, the reply was that it was because ‘although she was on her own, she didn’t look sad or lost, but happy.’
How many times have I thought that looking cool was about dressing in a certain way or having cool things like a cappuccino or an iPhone to hold! No, it is entirely about self belief, it doesn’t matter what you are wearing or carrying! In fact, on the catwalk, models learn to walk with self confidence and poise, no matter what ridiculous outfit they are modelling or sometimes are even half naked. Just imagine if instead of sashaying on to the catwalk, they came out looking embarrassed- no one would buy those clothes. Self confidence, being happy and creative makes you cool!