February 29, 2012
Sometimes, I just want to be cool. Wasn’t Junior High, like, forever  ago? It has morphed and evolved, become more refined, dignified and  nuanced, but it’s still there: the the truth-or-dare secret desire to be  just plain cool. When I go surfing, I often feel like I’m in Junior  High. Sometimes, I am the sixth-grader who can never be good enough or  sometimes, I am the eighth-grader, on top of the whole wide world, with  dominion over as far as the safety officer will let you go. I have moved  past friendship bracelets and tomagotchis (well kinda) on to single  fins and surf reports. I don’t have to be the best at tetherball but I  do have to be the best at crossstepping.  I don’t chase boys around  anymore, but I do cut them off from time to time. Competition,  comparison, judgement, stratification, and playground elitism, from  homeroom to homebreak. When I get in the water, it is as if I put on my  old Adidas with sharpied harts and slip back into being 12. Except now I  am supposed to be all grown up.

Sometimes, I just want to be cool. Wasn’t Junior High, like, forever ago? It has morphed and evolved, become more refined, dignified and nuanced, but it’s still there: the the truth-or-dare secret desire to be just plain cool. When I go surfing, I often feel like I’m in Junior High. Sometimes, I am the sixth-grader who can never be good enough or sometimes, I am the eighth-grader, on top of the whole wide world, with dominion over as far as the safety officer will let you go. I have moved past friendship bracelets and tomagotchis (well kinda) on to single fins and surf reports. I don’t have to be the best at tetherball but I do have to be the best at crossstepping. I don’t chase boys around anymore, but I do cut them off from time to time. Competition, comparison, judgement, stratification, and playground elitism, from homeroom to homebreak. When I get in the water, it is as if I put on my old Adidas with sharpied harts and slip back into being 12. Except now I am supposed to be all grown up.

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