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So I came across Tove Lo’s new song “Cool Girl” last night and I’m obsessed with it. But the music video and struck me like a dagger through the heart.
(Here’s the link to watch the video if you want to know what I’m talking about before you keep reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsFneCExrCQ )
So if you watch the video without reading into it very much, it just looks like a horny girl touching herself on top of a car…and then on top of a coffin… and then with a group of dancers.
The music video might be about that.. but to me, it meant something much different.
The imagery & the lyrics at the beginning of the song triggered a lot of things for me. And then after seeing her on top of the coffin I was done. My heart was torn.
“Imma ImmaImma cool girlIce coldI rollmy eyes at you boy.No, let’s not put a label on it.Let’s keep it funWe don’t put a label on itso we can run freeI wanna be free like you.”
I was immediately transported back to my first years of college. After the rape. After losing everything that I was and any feelings of self-worth. Before I met God.
I remembered drowning myself in alcohol and making out with any boy I could get my hands on, and then feeling that horrible empty pit of shame in my stomach and heart the next morning. I was hungry to be loved. So hungry. So empty. So dead inside.
I remembered telling myself I was exercising my own “freedom of choice” to give myself permission to manipulate others. I thought that getting what I wanted meant I was a stronger woman.
In reality, the more I used people, the more I hated myself, and the more dependent I became on physical touch or the attention of men to feel valued…or feel anything at all.
I remembered feeling “cool” because I was getting so much attention, even though I knew it was only to satisfy my emptiness.
The image of her on top of the coffin reminded me of how I felt like I was two different people; the ‘Cool Girl’ came out to parties to satisfy her emptiness while the genuine, kind, loved and respected girl – the real girl – died a little bit more by each bad choice the cool girl made.
It’s self-destructive behavior and I know for a fact that I’m not the only one who has done it.
There’s a part in the video where Tove Lo says “Pain and pleasure go hand in hand. Pain is really just a path to more pleasure.”
But what she doesn’t say is that pleasure is not the same as happiness. or joy. or love. The book I’m reading this month called the Power of Now, talks about pleasure.
Pleasure is fleeting, lustful, and a temporary fix. Pleasure sucks you deeper into a cycle that is hard to break. Believe me, I know how hard it is to break.
“The buddha says that pain or suffering arises through desire or craving and that to be free of pain we need to cut the bonds of desire.” – Eckhart Tolle
Be okay with you. Who you are – who you really are and what you’re true form is… not who you think you are because of the mistakes you’ve made.
You are not your mistakes.
This for anyone who feels like they need to try hard to be ‘cool’ or to be ‘liked’. For anyone who has ever felt the same way I did, and still do at times. For anyone who is afraid of losing their illusion of “freedom” or doesn’t know how to love and be loved.
I’ve been there. It’s a dark, scary and lonely feeling place.
But you’re not alone. The fact that you may struggle with these things makes you human and being human is beautiful. You CAN be full again and feel again and be you again.
It might be a long and hard battle, but it’s worth it because YOU are worth it. It comes little by little, day by day, choice by choice. When you decide to say ‘yes, I’m worth more than this, I can be better than this, I will love myself more than this.’ Your life changes. And if you can’t decide that for yourself – if you don’t think you’re worth to well too bad. I think you are.
It’s a daily struggle, and sometimes it feels like you’re going backwards, but you can do it. Only you can do it for you. I did it. I mean I still fight every day, but because I fight every day, I am so much stronger, and now I don’t struggle the same ways.
I’m becoming more confident and secure in myself. I actually like who I am now.
To start I had to forgive myself for the pain I inflicted on myself and others during this time period, which was something very hard for me to let go of. But then you can tackle each small destructive habit, one at a time and replace them with healing things. Instead of going out one night, invite some good people to hang out. Surround yourself with love. fluffy things. pretty colors. I don’t know.
Being cold after something bad happens is a coping method. You do it initially to protect yourself. But if you let it take you over, it’s more harmful than helpful.
Your heart is so beautiful the way it was made to be – the way it was made to love and be loved by others. Protect it of course, but don’t let it grow cold.
Being a “Cool Girl” just isn’t worth it.