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My Favorite Shirt MAG

January 19, 2008
By Anonymous

Love. It’s a simple but overused word. I love you. I love this song! I absolutely loved that movie! The word doesn’t mean much anymore, not to most. Some people scoff at it. We throw it around like a used shirt, wearing it because it’s comfortable, safe, and secure, but never truly understanding why we have it. We lend it out, forget about it, and years later, we think, “Hey, I really liked that shirt.”

But do we care? No. It’s probably gone now, thrown away because of a rip or sold for $3 at a garage sale. We forget; it doesn’t matter after that.

Then we see the world fall apart. From the safety of our living rooms we watch amateur video on the news or Internet, and sometimes we feel so helpless and alone we’re not sure what to do. We cry for the inhumanity, scream for the injustice, and wonder why the world is this way. We think we can change the world; we know we want to help those who need it most … then we remember that T-shirt we threw out years ago.

We want it back; we fight and scramble for it. We go out and buy new shirts, try them on, but none seems to fit. We’ve lost it – we’ve lost love. We are unnerved for a bit; we sit alone and beat ourselves up for letting it go. Then we just we shrug it off. We say, “I’ll do it later” or “I’m too busy.” I’m guilty of it too: “I don’t have the right resources” or “I’m too young” or “No one will care.” And it seems as if no one does. With high school students only bent on the next party or who’s dating whom, you wonder if, in the end, their shirts were ever worn.

Is my generation going to save the world? We try, a small group of us, but our shirts are faded among the bright colors of greed and the everyday and the wanting. We are pushed into the background. We try to push our way through the crowds, and we truly wonder: where has the love gone?

I don’t want my love to fade; though my shirt is tattered and worn, I wear it daily. I am honest and open, and when I say that simple, dead, four-letter word, I mean it. I know I’ve made mistakes with it in the past and I almost threw my shirt away; I carry it carefully now. It’s close to my heart, where it’s meant to be. I do lend it out every once in a while – I let those who need it try it on and feel the safety that I feel. I leave them pieces when I go, but my shirt never seems to tear. It stays just as simple as it ever was.

When the time comes, I will stand alone in this world and stare into the eyes of those with the shirts of greed and want and lust, and I will know that even though mine is not the most beautiful shirt in the crowd, it’s among the best.



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on Jan. 25 2010 at 9:24 pm
dragonbiscuits SILVER, Near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
7 articles 1 photo 53 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You cannot acheive peace with violence" -several people

This was marvelous! And very true, great job!

on Jan. 20 2010 at 5:16 pm
amazing. very reflective of our society today i think. you did a great job

on Jan. 19 2010 at 12:54 pm
Sinfulullabies SILVER, Canton, Massachusetts
5 articles 0 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You can't expect anyone to love you, until you love yourself."

I'm very impressed with this article. The comparison between love and a t-shirt is absolutely perfect. I think anyone can relate to this article, and if you continue you will definitely be a successful writer one day (:

AveryG13 GOLD said...
on Jan. 17 2010 at 9:27 am
AveryG13 GOLD, Dexter, Michigan
12 articles 1 photo 92 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The best thing to do with the best things in life, is to give them up to those who have nothing."
- Ambrose Bierce

I really liked this. It was very thoughtful. You should be a psychiatrist.

on Jan. 16 2010 at 12:29 am
riahcakes BRONZE, Rancho Cucamonga, California
1 article 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love"

The metaphor was sorta out there, but ehh what's creativity nowadays? And I have a question: You say love is overused, but if it is indeed "overused" then...why is there not much love in the world?

Doesn't the world need all the love it can get? Get piece (:

on Jan. 8 2010 at 11:36 am
wow..dats really metaphor

on Jan. 3 2010 at 4:30 pm
ladytrojan GOLD, Millington, Tennessee
12 articles 0 photos 25 comments
i dont like the metaphor tht much.

on Dec. 22 2009 at 8:30 pm
SpiceyRedPepper GOLD, League City, Texas
11 articles 0 photos 34 comments

Favorite Quote:
Im not clumsy im just allergic to gravity!!!!

umm wowzers deep much! i liked it!

on Dec. 21 2009 at 6:39 pm
BillyJoeBobKellyGeorge PLATINUM, Gardena, California
32 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be." ~ grandma moses

This piece is very impressive, for lack of a better word. More importantly, it runs true in anyone's life in its entirety, that love is one of those words said too much, but not said enough. i LOVE your writing, and hopefully you'll continue to express your thoughts in this artistic, metaphorical way. Peace, ♥, and happiness!

on Dec. 16 2009 at 6:07 pm
napashya reynolds BRONZE, Albuquerque, New Mexico
3 articles 0 photos 5 comments
i think of the word love as a shirt to because like (for example) wiyhout a shirt is like haven no love

on Nov. 29 2009 at 11:40 am
KarianaGold PLATINUM, Tucson, Arizona
42 articles 3 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
The grass may be greener on the other side but sometimes when you get there you realize that he flowers were prettier back home.

this is perfect

AmnyR BRONZE said...
on Oct. 28 2009 at 8:17 pm
AmnyR BRONZE, Clifton, Texas
4 articles 0 photos 134 comments

Favorite Quote:
To the world, you may be just one person, but to one person, you may be the whole world. ~unknown

great analogy!

Shells SILVER said...
on Oct. 13 2009 at 10:06 pm
Shells SILVER, Dixon, Wyoming
7 articles 6 photos 38 comments

Favorite Quote:
“The dye has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, or back away. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future secure. I’m done with low living, sight walking, small planning, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living and dwarfed goals: I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, positions, promotions, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk with patience, live by prayer and labor with power. My face is set, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my Guide is reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and spoken up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of the lord Jesus Christ.” - African martyred for Christ.

Amazing! When you come across work like this, you can't help, (being a writer and all), but wish that you were the one to think of such brilliance! Wow, just beautiful and so true!

Knile97 said...
on Oct. 7 2009 at 12:52 pm
Good point!

on Oct. 7 2009 at 12:23 am
grnlver114 PLATINUM, Seal Beach, California
23 articles 0 photos 12 comments
I totally loved it. Its like one of my favorite articles on here.

on May. 11 2009 at 2:04 pm
Great metaphor. I often think of love as a shirt as well...



This got the point across. :) I loved it!

on Apr. 23 2009 at 7:26 pm
Dead-eyed-Author SILVER, London, Other
6 articles 0 photos 7 comments
Yeah. Its a difficult message to put across but its still great work!



I think using two analogys woul have been better than using one powerful ne.

bean said...
on Feb. 27 2009 at 2:07 am
Parts of this really confused me, but other parts were moving in the weirdest way and I almost cried. Good Work! :]