Once upon a time we were not to use the word “ain’t”. And, many of us thought that was grand. For there was also a time you were not to start a sentence with the word “and”. Because the New York Times now starts sentences with “and” it’s all ok now. It’s true. Go look it up. But some of us not only started with “because” but we also dared to use fonts other than Times New Roman.
I’m reminded of the song Renegades by X Ambassadors. In particular, I’m tickled by the lyric of:
All hail the underdogs
All hail the new kids
All hail the outlaws
Spielbergs and Kubricks
It’s our time to make a move
It’s our time to make amends
It’s our time to break the rules
We all want to be renegades in some way. How we go about doing it depends on how overt or sneaky we want to be. Depends as well on whether you are a high sensation seeker or are risk averse. But something as small as using a different font or writing to one’s own rules can be a form of risk-taking.
The old rules of job interviews and resume writing are out the door. Or, at least, they should be. There is one thing, though, that I am still in favor of. And, that is the thank you note. Being thankful and polite is still in vogue.