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You’re Never Too Old for T-Shirts

Ryan O'Bryan - Avengers T-Shirt
Fear me ne’er do-gooders! (Ryan O’Bryan / 106-1 KISS-FM)

They’re comfortable, can be worn year round, and they can even let everyone know that if the gun show is in town, you have already procured your tickets.

I love t-shirts, and fortunately I have a job where t-shirts and jeans are perfectly acceptable attire. It’s also a job that comes with the perk of getting a ton of free t-shirts. That’s not to say I dislike dressing up a bit from time to time, however it should be noted that by “dressing up”, it means wearing an untucked, button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled rolled back slightly, jeans and casual sneakers.

Sketchers Kruger Comfort Shoes
These are my “dress shoes”. (Sketchers.com)

On a recent trip trip to Wal-Mart, I strolled through the men’s clothing section to look around. I had no intention of buying anything, just killing some time while my kids were at a youth group thing at church. Then I saw the shirt you see me so proudly wearing in the picture above.

It had everything I look for in a t-shirt. 1) It was a t-shirt, and 2) It displayed a cool logo of something I enjoy (in this case, The Avengers). That’s it (I’m pretty easy to please). Then I took a look at the price. $7.50! How could I pass that up? A great shirt for under $10? It was a no brainer.

With all that said, I was hesitant. My dresser already has two drawers overflowing with t-shirts. Do I need another one? More specifically, does a 36-year old guy need an Avengers t-shirt? Certainly the manufacturer’s research and development department feels there’s a market for them or they wouldn’t make them in XL and XXL sizes.

This is how my mind works, even over something as simple as buying a freaking t-shirt. Unlike a normal person, I can’t just grab it and go. I wrestle with whether or not it’s time to grow up and start acting my age, whatever that even means. Obviously the decision I made is clear, because thankfully, the voice in my head that wrestled with the decision, was drown out by the voice that said, “who cares?”

That’s the great thing about t-shirts, they’re an expression of who we are. Today, I’m a laid back guy who tries to be funny and likes good superhero movies (particularly those where I apparently bear a striking resemblance to one of the stars) . Tomorrow, I may be the laid back guy who tries to be funny and enjoys Star Wars movies.

Yoda T-Shirt
(Ryan O’Bryan / 106-1 KISS-FM)

The point being, that what other people think ultimately doesn’t matter. If you don’t think you’re too old for t-shirts, then you’re never too old for t-shirts. Wow, that got a little deep there at the end, didn’t it?

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