I recently bought myself this big shiny bright red bag.
People think it’s a purse. A giant purse. The kind of purse that devours today’s giant purses in one big bite. And because of its sheer size and red-redness people can’t help but comment on it.
At first I got a little irritated when people, mostly men, would say, “Wow, that’s a big purse” in that condescending, head-shaking-in-wonder ‘women, what are you gonna do?’ way. I’d correct them: “It’s my computer bag. It holds my computer… and lots of other stuff.” Then I realized that this big red bag was a fun conversation piece. People like to talk about it.
Strangers started up conversations with me and I really enjoyed it. I was formerly a nondescript black bag sort of girl, a wallflower in the work force. All of a sudden in the last year I developed a taste for red and, though it surprised me at first, now I really like it.
The best part was when I went into a casting office for an audition and the casting director started talking to me about my bag which led to a conversation about where we each shop for bags and it went on from there. That’s when I realized the power of the red bag – it’s a great networking tool.
And with that I shed my wallflower work bag habit forever.