I loved this shirt when I first saw it on Pinterest..well, not the color so much, but the wording. I almost bought it too..almost, but not quite, because I know what would have happened if I had:
The shirt would arrive, I'd put it on at home, look in the mirror and feel like a billboard. I hate shirts with advertising. I don't wear those sorts of brands, I don't like being used to sell something - even if it's something I believe in. It feels dehumanizing, isolating, impersonal. Maybe I live too much in ideals, but I want people to know I'm pro-life, because they know me, I want it to be because I value people in my daily life, not because I'm a walking bumper-sticker. It's not that I'm against the wearing of such shirts in general - it just seems to de-relationalize my own interactions with the people around me. Maybe if I were one of those extroverted, outgoing types..maybe then the words on my chest would serve as more of a jumping off point for conversations; but I'm not that type of person - I'm not comfortable separating out the beliefs in my life from my relationship to Life Himself..or from my relationships to the people around me.
In my ideal world, my symbols would speak for themselves in a more holistic way. My poetry, my tattoos; my scapular, my clothes themselves - without the aid of slogans, would all assure the world around me: This woman believes in Life, she builds her life around Him - and maybe that world is only waiting on me, on my being brave enough, or humble enough, or something enough to actually begin building my life around Christ in earnest.
What about you? Are you comfortable wearing words? Particularly words with strong meanings, challenging words, or words certain to cause arguments around the holiday-table?