Get the Cookie

Cookie Monster figurine stands next to birthday cake

One of my friends recently asked me why I like Cookie Monster so much. After all, I wear this goofy hat I found on Amazon multiple times a week and have a little Cookie Monster figurine proudly displayed in my kitchen.

At 23 years old, I'm what some people might describe as "a little too old to un-ironically love a character used to teach kids self restraint and the letter C." Fine. I get that. And I'll be the first to admit that there can sometimes be a fine line between fun personal quirk and bizarre obsession.

But Cookie Monster embodies what we all, deep down, want to be. He is our id in its purest form, desperately craving external pleasures and completely unencumbered by those pesky social norms. I mean just watch him in this video:

Cookie Monster wants to get the cookie, and he will let nothing get in the way of that goal. Plain and simple. His clarity of focus, his passion, and his uncontainable joy for cookies is, frankly, inspiring. There is something truly delightful in his unabashed, eternal quest.

The educational messages of his character are important for kids: You can't always get what you want. Patience is a virtue. Instant gratification isn't always possible.

As we grew up and internalized those lessons, we also learned to play it cool. Don't act too excited. You're an adult – act like it.

But Cookie Monster's most important lessons are for adults. Maybe you can't always get what you want, but if you're passionate about something, don't be afraid to pursue it with the reckless abandon of a child. If you have a goal, don't let anything get in your way. Get the cookie.