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Last updated on February 20th, 2024 at 01:48 am

“Nice guy” is something I’ve been called. I’ve been called “funny”, too. Awesome, cool and caring—sure, if someone’s really trying to get my attention.

But “classy”?

Why I Don’t Think I’m Classy

Despite my tenure in private school, classy was never something I aspired to. So that we don’t get this twisted, let’s not confuse this with being classless—I just don’t generally do too many “cultural activities” that would categorize me as a “classy guy”.

No opera, no gala openings (unless I happen to get randomly invited by friends), no black-tie events—none of these are usually my style. I might dress up for work, and you’ll rarely see me at an event without my uniform of a dress shirt, jeans and dress shoes—but when it comes down to it, I’m more beer and burgers than wine and cheese.

Which is why I thought it would be an interesting change to my daily routine to go see Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna.

[Disclaimer: I’m gladly accepting some Amaluna tickets for writing a post about my lack of classiness, so there you go.]

So How Do You Keep it Classy?

I’ve never hit a Cirque du Soleil event, so I have little to no idea of what to expect. But there’s a lesson in all of this. I see a lot of people relying on cultural events to enhance their lives…

“If I hit this TIFF party, my life will be that much cooler.”

“If I show up at this charity ball, my peers will respect me that much more!”

Listen. You’re doing it wrong. If these events reflect your ideals and add to your life, you’re in the right place to be. Otherwise, you’re not being classy—you’re just being a snob and using your influence, privilege and experiences to convince yourself that you’re better than everyone else.

And that, my friends, is only assy. You don’t make it all the way to classy that way.

So hold yourselves accountable. Be true to yourselves. Do what makes you tick. Being authentic these days is the only “class” you need to get ahead in this world—it’s where you can draw your sense of being from and what you can use to remind yourself that you’re doing just fine in the life you lead.

Because if not you, then who?

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