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Black 'N' White

Black 'N' White

It’s 2015.  Nothing is “black ‘n’ white” in this day and age.  The “gray area” is more widespread than it’s ever been.  What’s right or wrong? What’s absolute? Almost everything has the potential to be justified.  Being judgmental can be self-destructing.  It’s a very dangerous area to enter.  Unless I’ve lived in another persons’ shoes, I genuinely cannot judge their actions or decisions.  It’s not fair.  The concept of “live and let live” is something I’ve literally chosen to live by, now more than ever before.  I can’t control the actions of others, I can only be the best me that I can be.  With all that said, this post signifies me being me.  In the “desi” (strict-ass brown people) community, growing a beard is looked down on.  Having “different” hair styles is weird.  Dressing “differently” draws all sorts of negative attention.  The concept of taking risks is thrown out the window, because every time you take a risk, there’s a chance of failure.  If you happen to fail, the entire community will gossip and talk shit.  Reputation in society is everything (unless you’re like me and you don’t care what people think). Sometimes, just to spite people, I love doing the opposite (also because that’s actually who I am).
With all that said, this post signifies me being me.  In the “desi” (strict brown people) community, growing a beard is looked down on.  Having different types of hair styles is weird.  Dressing differently draws all sorts of negative attention.  The concept of taking risks is thrown out the window, because every time you take a risk, there’s a chance of failure.  If you happen to fail, the entire community will gossip.  Reputation within society is everything (unless you’re like me and you don’t care what people think). Sometimes, just to spite people, I love doing the opposite (also because that’s actually who I am).
So…”black ‘n’ white” really refers to a more close-minded approach.  Forward thinkers are very gray because sometimes in life it’s extremely difficult to know what’s ACTUALLY right or wrong.  We’re all imperfect human beings.  None of us have all the answers.  We’re all on a journey called life, and we’re all in the same boat–trying to figure it all out.  So on that journey, we shouldn’t judge what others are doing and tell them if we think they’re right or wrong.  We should concern ourselves with what we’re doing and make sure we’re being the best people we can be.  It reminds me of a Bible verse I learned when I was younger.  Something along the lines of pointing out a speck in someone else’s eye, when you have a log in your own.
Anyways I think that’s enough filosophie for the day.  Back to being “different” fashionably speaking.  I like doing things that are considered “weird”, so I’ve entrusted my hair styles to a friend of mine.  He’s a great hair stylist and he’s more of a perfectionist than I am, which is great because I now have full faith in him.  The beard has been coming and going for about a year and a half now, but I most recently brought it back after being inspired by Eliezer Infante (@elisoul01).  He’s a fantastic stylist and fashion blogger in case you don’t already know him.
The Bow Tie (BS7C), Pocket Square, Suspenders, and Socks (S21424P) are all from “dha|ONE”, which you can shop on this site!!!
Jacket: J Crew
Shirt & Jeans: Zara (I wasn’t kidding when I said half of my closet is Zara lol)
Shoes: A brand called “Aston Grey” from DSW.  I’d never heard of them, but loved the boots!
That’s a wrap for the FASHION bit!
Food for thought: are you “black ‘n’ white” or are you gray?

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