Shirts for Work

Everybody needs a good shirt, to go to work
And there are thousands to choose from
All following a similar pattern
Yet adjustable within limitation

Other people have been designing shirts for years
They are experts
They know what we need before we need it
They have our size and can easily make what we want.

And yet, there are those of us that are not satisfied
Who choose to make our own shirt.
Despite the abundant selection, the options, the opportunity
We have a different idea.

Many will tell us that making our own is a waste of time
There is a design for a reason.
Just find the one you like
Someone has already done the hard work for you.

If you make your own shirt, it could be too big
You could run out of material.
The end product could turn out horribly
You might be laughed at, you might lose, you might fail.

To some, making their own shirt is about pushing the limits.
For us, it’s about communicating how the limits don’t fit.
Not because we seek to be different
But because we desire to feel the same.

It’s not always a comfortable place.
It can feel like we are taking more than we need,
That it’s ok for the shirt to be uncomfortable.
That maybe this is just how it is supposed to be.

Yet, for us, something about this standard design has always been off.
Like you have spent your life in a shirt that was too small.
Or enveloped in three sizes too big
Without ever knowing how comfortable feels, to you.

To have enough material.
To dare to make the proper fit.
It’s less about not having enough
And often about having had enough.

We put on a shirt every single day
Sometimes wearing it and sometimes being worn by it
Despite it’s simple functionality
It can become our identity.

It might just be a shirt, you know, for work
But it can make us feel like we matter in what we do
Or at least make us uncomfortable enough that we know we are doing something

But it only happens when we believe we deserve the right fit, and risk making it ourselves.

Published by Brian Fretwell

Author, TEDx Speaker, Consultant Trying not to be a horrible human

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