It is funny how a random, yearly event can change your perceptions of yourself. This coming Wednesday is International Suit Up Day. I planned on doing this from the start, and then recently realised that this date was during our “Fall” Break. I will most likely continue the trend regardless of the day, but at the same time I may do it all week.
The reaction I received, mostly from the kids, ranged from odd to hilarious. I went from, at the beginning of the day being called “1900’s man,” to being told that “It was too early for Halloween” and when I asked the kids why it was so odd for a person to come to work dressed professionally it just seemed as if it was just weird to and for them.
What is funny is that this is not the first time I have gone through this phase. I only call it a phase because I did it for a while and then it died out and was replaced by my punk”ish” phase which lasted a bit longer. So all in all it was odd for me to return to this phase because of how it made me feel, especially seeing as how between then and now my professions have changed and it just feels right for me to change my appearance.
It was suggested that my change in appearance had something to do with how I see myself and in part that is true. It was also suggested that I did it so that the kids would see, and thus, treat me differently. The flaw in that argument? These are 4th through 6th graders. They judged me on the first day of school and nothing I do 2 months int school is going to change that, for better or for worse.
It is true what they say though, the clothes do make the man. I really did enjoy the way I looked and it really put a new perspective on myself. I might just have to dress up for work everyday.