I'm probably older than you.
This is a great question. When I decided to apply to grad school, I dyed my pink hair a fairly normal shade of brown, and I took out my labret piercing. I didn’t want there to be any excuse for them to reject me.
Once I got into grad school, I put a couple of platinum streaks in my hair to show the world I was still me, and I told myself that I’d go back to being more liberal with my appearance at some point, but gradually it became less and less important to me to express myself with my appearance. My work was expressing my creativity pretty well, so it just seemed like overkill. But that was me, and it doesn’t have to be you. If you haven’t had the ability to express yourself through your appearance before, it’s definitely something everyone should experience.
Find out what the policy is at your office, be respectful of it, and get creative with it. If I’m doing something awesome for a job, I tend to respect the corporate policy stuff more than I would for a job I hate. (I once walked out of a job orientation when I was told I’d have to wear khakis.)
I often paraphrase a genius David Sedaris quote anytime myself or my friends have been faced with having to “sell out” to get what you want: you don’t have to suck every dick to completion, but sometimes you have to put the dick in your mouth a little bit. In short, it’s compromise.
Do you have to look totally “normal” in your new job? No. Do you have to go buckwild and look like Courtney Love circa 1995? Also no. You can settle somewhere in the middle, maybe with a faint pastel hair color, or a nose ring, or wearing heels that have zombie faces on them. The rest of your look should be streamlined and professional, not only to balance things out, but also because it’s fucking stunning to see someone who is dressed in a business suit but also rocking dreadlocks. There’s a happy medium in there somewhere. You’re not a kid anymore, rebelling against The Man- to a lot of kids, you are The Man. Show them you know how to be a badass anyway without looking like you’re trying to stay a teenager.
you are my sunshine
my only sunshine
you make me happy
when skies are gray
you’ll never know dear
how much i love you
please dont take
my sunshine away
this is the most beautiful post i have ever seen I’m my life
This makes me a happy Irish man
This makes me a happy person who just learned that she can’t eat wheat.
Good point, anon!
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