Today, there are many changes happening. Many of these changes are important to all of our lives and other changes are not so important to everyone. In some instances, it seems that many changes are simply for the sake of change and really have no overall relevance.
I’ve been on this Earth long enough to experience many changes. To be honest, I don’t even recognize this current state of affairs of life in the US. It is not the same place where I grew up. This could be in part due to greater population. The population has grown immensely since I was growing up.
Today, many people focus on things that have no significance to me. Such as dress codes. I have no problem with how people want to dress. I do think that there is a place and time for certain types of dress. When a dress code policy is put into place at place of employment, it should be followed.
I don’t dress the same in my off time as I do at work. At work I abide by the dress code, which today are quite liberal in themselves relative to when I was in my 20s. Today I can wear jeans in good repair and just a collared shirt. Easy enough. In the past I had to wear a dress shirt, slacks and dress shoes. I didn’t mind it then, because it was just what I wore to work. When I was on my off time I could wear whatever I wanted.
This issue seems to be very important to young people today. They want to come to work in ripped jeans, tank top with bra straps hanging out. They like to wear leggings with nothing covering them, which pretty much shows us all their goods. They want to wear flips flops, tee shirts with slogans on them and, if they could get away with it, many would come dressed in sweatpants and even pajamas with slippers. This I can’t understand. Work is not home and these are things people would wear during times of leisure.
All the same, it is a continual complaint from young people. In a time of great change when women are seeking greater rights. When people of color are striving to be equal within the society and the fight against racism is going strong, here these young people are focused on breaking the dress codes at work and school. It comes up in nearly every meeting. I just shake my head when it comes up. These young people are continually pushing the boundaries every day. As if they wake up and think, “Maybe I can get away with this.” Why?, is my question. Just dress appropriately, make your money, go home and dress however you want.
They are constantly fighting dress codes at school. These dress codes are there to prepare students for real life. Of course, in this modern day, the young people are not prepared for real life based on their raising. They expect the world to revolve around them and their petty wants. If there is one thing I’ve learned in this life it is that I have had to pick my battles. Put effort into those things that have actual importance and affect the lives of people in more profound ways. Dress code is not one of those things. In fact, it doesn’t even make the top 1000 of my list.
In some ways, I just think to myself, “I’m on my way out and it is their world now. If makeup, eyelashes, fingernail polish, wearing expensive clothes that look like what a homeless person would be wearing is what they want to focus on, then so be it.
Like another manager said to me on the subject, “I can’t help but ask, ‘When you woke up this morning, what inclined you to think that what you are wearing is appropriate in general, let alone to come to work wearing.’ Then all I can is point it out, send them home to change. They dress appropriately for about three or four weeks then they go back to what they were wearing before.”
I myself have no idea what the youth of today are really striving for in this life but hopefully it leads to something. In this great time of change. They could be striving to make the world a better, greener and more open place. Many seem to be doing this. I can’t say that fighting a dress code will lead to anything significant. Maybe it is an expression of just how vain the US has become.