Not so long ago, I was feeling really discouraged. Everybody around me running from one place to another, seeking a better life. Couples, women, men, children. “The world went and got itself in a damn hurry” as Brook said in Shawshank Redemption. That day, all kinds of thoughts went through my head, but none of them seems to have a positive outcome.
As I turn into yet another street, a passer-by catches my eye, wearing a T-shirt with big bold lettering You’re worth it. I didn’t think much of it. As day turns into night I noticed that the same quote is the answer to every question I asked myself. Why should I care? Why should I keep going with utmost dedication without any reward? Because I’m worth it. Why should you? Because you’re worth it. Having the courage to keep your head up high and keep going.
How did this happen? How can I be moved by a passer-by I never met and probably will never meet again possibly touch me? I thought about it very hard and long and all I can think of is empathy. True, I don’t know you, you don’t know me. All that connects us is bits & bytes, 0’s and 1’s, comments and upvotes. Nevertheless, if there’s one thing that connects us, is that you’re reading my letter to you and I think about how you will perceive it.
That day something truly changed in me. As Tomas van Houtryve says so beautifully: human activity becomes increasingly absurd and dangerous when it loses empathy. I go by that every day. It truly underpins everything I do.
Trying to connect with others non-verbally might be even more powerful than verbally. If someone writes anything down, they must be sure to stand behind it.
That’s why I designed a very simple elegant T-shirt using vintage surf style and merged it with the upcoming Ramadan as a way to connect with others. It’s a melting pot design of East meets West. It’s is recognizable, fashionable without being loud or pushy.
I hope this T-shirt will benefit you or the one who receives it as a gift.
Thank you for your time and reading my letter to you!
Michael B. Asbury