Yesterday, we had some internal issues at work, where our production (i.e. live) site was experiencing outages. Since I do mostly front-end work, I wasn’t a part of the team working to fix it, but I still felt the palpable mood change in the room. It’s how it always goes: someone comes in and reports an issue, immediately conversations disperse as people go to their machines and start typing away frantically. It’s quiet but the nervous energy is rampant for a moment, until the issue is fixed, and life carries on.

So yesterday, after the tidal wave had passed, one of the developers shook his head as he walked by my desk: “Everything is crumbling,” he muttered, laughing.

Software developers are a dramatic bunch. Whoever thinks we aren’t creative has never been in a room of us, discussing our progress for the day.

The server isn’t down, it’s smoking like a bonfire. Progress isn’t slow in coming, it’s inching forward…by millimeter. We aren’t working through code, we’re up to our neck in quicksand. We’re not going to debug, we’re going to poke it with a stick and see if it explodes. (Update: this morning someone literally said “dragging the dead horse to its grave” to refer to a project that was taking longer that expected. I can’t make this up, y’all).

I asked one of my coworkers about it and she said maybe so, but also maybe we just have to insert some kind of excitement into typing at a computer all day. To which I say maybe. If that’s the case, sometimes a little drama is warranted.

Take this romper for example (flawless transition say whaaat).

It’s 110% something I wouldn’t normally wear: it’s a loud pattern, it’s a statement piece, it’s held in place by ties, and rompers are (or they used to be? Are they still?) trendy. So yeah, a little more drama than I usually go for in a look. But it was so much fun!

If Tuesday’s post was a case for vintage fashion, let today’s moral of the story be to not be afraid of the audacious. Embrace something different, and do it in a new and unexpected way. Don’t be surprised when people take notice; expect them to. Take your cue from developers: a little hyperbole never hurt anyone.

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