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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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Natsuho said...
on Oct. 21 2013 at 9:45 am
 I really enjoyed the way you expressed love and kindness through a T-shirt. I really liked the comparison amd the symbolism between the two.I thought it was very creative and I could tell how you think about thsese things everyday.  I wanted to say I 'loved' this piece of work but I should save that worn out four letter word for those who need it.

Lulu said...
on Oct. 6 2013 at 3:39 pm
I loved this piece of writing. It's so nice!!!!!!

on Oct. 3 2013 at 6:31 am
nainamishra99 BRONZE, Hong Kong, Other
1 article 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you love something, it's worth fighting for. No matter what the odds." -Aria Montgomery, Pretty Little Liars.

i love the metaphors and imagery in this peice! 

Plume BRONZE said...
on Sep. 12 2013 at 2:38 pm
Plume BRONZE, Milano, Other
2 articles 0 photos 31 comments
this was such a beautiful peice ! it really touched me !!! well done :) please write more !!!

on Aug. 3 2013 at 12:27 pm
BalladOfMonaLisa PLATINUM, Na, Other
24 articles 0 photos 65 comments

Favorite Quote:
To love and to be loved; to hurt and to be hurt. These are the ideals that make up humanity. ~Me (Lisa)

Wow, two dragons in the same thread! XD Haha, anyway, I agree completely. The use of the metaphor of love being a shirt is so simple yet brilliant. I write poetry, so when I write opinion articles they tend to be a bit poetic, like this is. You have a beautiful style of writing.... And the concept makes it that much better. I delighted in reading this (:

on Jul. 18 2013 at 8:38 pm
XOBookishXO BRONZE, Boca Raton, Florida
1 article 0 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." ~ William Shakespeare

I *loved* the metaphor! I definitely agree with you. The word love has lost its meaning these days. It's so overused. 

on May. 24 2013 at 1:44 pm
Bliss007 SILVER, Los Angeles, Other
7 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
Marilyn Monroe

It's really good and true. I liked the metaphor

AliMotamedi said...
on May. 14 2013 at 8:48 am
AliMotamedi, Ampang, Other
0 articles 0 photos 21 comments
the way you write is beautiful, natural and very calm. and i want to thank you for writing something like this. 

on Apr. 27 2013 at 9:22 pm
Wings10FeetTall GOLD, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
17 articles 0 photos 332 comments

Favorite Quote:
May your words be sharp.
- Christopher Paolini

Nobody's going to wait for you, so do it now.
-Ingrid Michaelson

Broken hearts heal, but never the same.
- Jessica Romo

Idiots rely on luck.
-Sherlock Holmes

I totally agree with you.

on Apr. 3 2013 at 1:15 pm
TargonTheDragon GOLD, Ofallon, Missouri
15 articles 16 photos 292 comments

Favorite Quote:
First dentistry was painless.
Then bicycles were chainless,
Carriages were horseless,
And many laws enforceless.

Next cookery was fireless,
Telegraphy was wireless,
Cigars were nicotineless,
And coffee caffeineless.

Soon oranges were seedless,
The putting green was weedless,
The college boy was hatless,
The proper diet fatless.

New motor roads are dustless,
The latest steel is rustless,
Our tennis courts are sodless,
Our new religion — godless.

your writing, though an article only, is so poetic! so descriptive! i loved it (and when i say that i mean it!) and i totally agree with you.

on Mar. 30 2013 at 11:38 pm
Jade.I.Am ELITE, Fishers, Indiana
214 articles 14 photos 1159 comments

Favorite Quote:
“If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose”
― Charles Bukowski

You're so talented. I can relate to this, well done! :P

on Feb. 22 2013 at 7:12 am
cornflower_glass SILVER, Seongbuk-gu, Other
5 articles 0 photos 7 comments
funny and inspiring and sad at the same time. beautifully written<3

disintegrate said...
on Feb. 9 2013 at 1:14 am
disintegrate, Campbellville, Other
0 articles 0 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I go to seek a great perhaps."

I love the metaphor in this, it's well thought out and beautifully written.

Klammyt GOLD said...
on Dec. 13 2012 at 8:21 pm
Klammyt GOLD, San Diego, California
17 articles 1 photo 47 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Remember you're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
-Christopher Robin to Pooh

This was really good. Love and T-shirts work surprisingly well together! Keep writing!

on Nov. 16 2012 at 8:05 pm
Swims.M.V. GOLD, Albuquerque, New Mexico
11 articles 0 photos 23 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you're not practicing, somebody else is, somewhere, and he'll be ready to take your job."
-Brooks Robinson

I really enjoyed reading this, I almost said I "loved" it but then I remembered to save that worn out four letter word for those who need it. I never would have put this comparison together in my mind. Good work! :)

on Oct. 13 2012 at 7:34 pm
Bradical BRONZE, Morgantown, West Virginia
2 articles 0 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
“I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, To put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die Discover that I had not lived.” --Henry David Thoreau

The way you present this idea of love and how many people think the word is overused is quite refreshing. To be able to relate two things that are seemingly unrelated really does take a lot of talent and wisdom (As well as some cleverness). I hope to see more compositions like this in the future.

briana78 said...
on Oct. 11 2012 at 2:01 pm
This story was so touching because there is so many people that just shout out i love you to anyone they meet.Its amazing how you used a shirt to ge through to people. This article was just amazing.

on Oct. 11 2012 at 1:57 pm
Most people wouldnt think that way, and when you actually think about it, it makes sense

Setizia GOLD said...
on Jul. 15 2012 at 10:12 am
Setizia GOLD, Darnestown, Maryland
13 articles 5 photos 44 comments

Favorite Quote:
The purpose of life is to search eternally for the purpose of life

I never thought about that particular analogy, of love and T-shirts. But it works out terrifically, and it makes for an engaging, intriguing opinion essay.

I would also like to mention, after ridding oneself of the "T-shirt," many people don't want it back. They get caught up in their assumed "coolness" and become prejudiced. Unless something strikes them hard, it is likely they won't start looking for it again. Because of this, they end up thinking that their childhood with the possession of this shirt was immature and stupid, and neglect it.

on Jun. 17 2012 at 11:43 pm
Pika_Princess, Escondido, California
0 articles 0 photos 118 comments
Beautifully written; I really liked the comparison. I never thought about love that way. Great job!