i go to a school chock full of hipsters and trendy kids who want to look whimsical and effortless all the time.
in spite of this, i have found true friendship there, meaning people who aren't concerned with appearances and love you in sweats rather than head-to-toe anthropologie. also, i have found there people who really know God, and hear His voice. and i have found my ideas about what it means to be a Christian refined and even stripped away, in a really necessary and beautiful way, so that i am learning to hear God's voice and actually know Him, not just have a membership among a community of people who happen to gather around a shared value system.
but i can't wait till i grow up and stop falling into the trap of wanting to feel cool. things would be much easier and much more peaceful in my spirit if i would just stop buying into that and then having to slap myself in the face and remind myself that those things don't matter.
things can only reflect an identity, not construct one.