It's All Worth Living For T-Shirt

It's All Worth Living For T-Shirt



On August 28, 2017, I asked a question:

“Would you send me a video you’ve taken that acts as a reminder for why life is worth living?”

In the days that followed, hundreds of people submitted their memories. Their reasons. Bits and pieces of life that attest to its beauty, and each person’s answer in the form of cell phone footage as captured in the moments that were worth it.

I know some of these people, but most, I don’t. Most of whom don’t know one another. And yet, collected in a folder like an umbrella and pieced together in a film as though each clip were absolutely integral to the next:


Every snippet a fraction of the whole whose common denominator is life. I watched every piece of its abundance in the simplest reminders for why it has been worth living:

“Dog at home.”

“Friends talking at sunset.”


“Brother swims after 9-month battle with cancer.”

“You may kiss the bride.”

“Wife holding newborn son.”

I couldn’t hold the tears back.

What was it, I wonder, that was so special about that particular road trip? The one where you filmed the trees passing by through a window smudged with fingerprints and morning dew?

What captured your heart during that specific walk around the neighborhood?

What was going on in your mind that made your lunch in the park so peaceful that day?

What were you laughing about with your mom?

How good was that latte in Houston this week? Was the warmth a dichotomy that filled up your heart while the rainwater filled up your home?

Watching all of these videos—piecing them together—I realized that the humblest reasons made for the most beautiful of them. I thought that it is easy for us to get caught up in comparisons and jealousies, wishing for the grandiose, despairing when the life we’re living doesn’t seem to measure up against the photos that stack up like taunts in our Instagram feed…

But there are no filters on these memories. Just you and the cat crawling on your face, or the sloppiest wedding kiss, or the clumsiest fall into the stream, or the sourest face undone, or the messiest hair unmade.

These unkempt pieces, arguably mundane, that have somehow made their way into our hearts as moments worth remembering.

I wonder what clips you’ll capture tomorrow?

[Read the entire “It’s All Worth Living For” story here.]


don't forget that there are voices on the outside of your head, too, and they sound like futures and carrying the love that you told me about through the front door of your first home together and hopes and camping with your friends making you eat the worm at the bottom of some mezcal bottle that you didn't care for and dreams and hiking the Blue Trail through coastal towns in Northern Italy and stopping for bread and wine that costs less than water and music and tucking your daughter into bed at night the first time she moves out of your room and into her big girl bed and love and parking tickets and love and replacing light bulbs in the bathroom and love and the promotion you've been working toward and love and being let go and love and holding your friends close when they're breaking into pieces and love and friends holding you close when you're breaking into pieces and love and atrocious cups of coffee and everything that we have to tell one another about where we came from and where we want to go and love and all of the help needed to get there and love and being loved and love and love and love and love and love.


Levi The Poet shirts are printed on high quality, ethically conscious & sweatshop-free Canvas Jersey Tees.


Side-seamed, Retail fit, Unisex sizing, Shoulder taping,100% combed and ring-spun cotton, 30 single 4.2 oz. (Ash - 99% combed and ring-spun cotton 1% poly)

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