i went to see this amazing motorcycle exhibit at the eiteljorg museum last weekend. “steel ponies” may be the coolest thing in indy right now. afterwards, i lunched on a bison burger and a milkshake. hello, new secret lunch spot. they have a patio overlooking the canal.
can we talk about something serious for a second? about race?
race is always something that i’ve been painfully aware of. my dark skin and eyes and hair and how people used to look at me in the grocery store. my family was one of the first few indian families in my neighborhood; people didn’t know how to classify us. we weren’t african-american, white or latino. so…what?
lately i’ve become even more painfully aware of race—but of other’s race, not mine. i notice how african-american men get treated differently than i do (today at the bike shop, for example) and how people just flagrantly use the nastiest words without thinking how much it could hurt someone. i’ve begged users of that word to stop, please stop, don’t say it! but they do it, out of pride or entitlement or whatever.
i often am proud of how far we’ve gone as a society in terms of racial and gender equality, but days like today make me think of how much further we must go. what obstacles face us? it seems to me like our own thinking is the greatest obstacle, the kind of thinking that says, “we’ve gotten so far! let’s just maintain this level of integration.” i’m going to work for change—change in attitudes, in behaviors.
in my (limited) work experience where i have had to wear business casual, i’ve found more often than not that business pants are not flattering. on anyone. work environments are changing, expanding and being run by people in my generation. so why aren’t dress codes changing too?
the answer is: they are! but very slowly. i’ve sat in meetings where adults (i.e. those older than me) have contemplated jeans in the office, colorful ensembles and how confidence in your appearance improves productivity and morale.
i am excited to see how work clothes will change in the future, as the millenials start taking over the workplace! in the meantime, i am going to imagine a brighter future using polyvore*.
*my plug for polyvore is that it is amazing, and i’m in love with the simplicity of it. anyone can be a fashion editor now!