How it all started. . .
I started making shirts that say I CAME TO GET DOWN in 2016. Five of my favorite people inspired me to design this shirt with their zestful styles of living.
There’s much more to this shirt to me than Throwing Down at a concert or music festival. To me, I CAME TO GET DOWN is a metaphor for how I want to live my life. I Came To this Life to…GET DOWN!
This is significant to me because I did not used to GET DOWN…AT ALL. The only thing I got for the first half of my life was scared. I was scared of people noticing and not liking me. I was scared taking a risk of any kind. I was scared of rejection. I was scared of being judged negatively. I was simply petrified of women before the age of 25, and still pretty intimidated by them at 35 for that matter. And dancing?!?!? Are you kidding me?!?!? Dancing in public was simply not something I could handle without lots of drinks and very poor lighting.
But then in 1995, my closest Friends took me to my first Grateful Dead Show, and I had an epiphany that changed my life. Before that point, I had not been comfortable dancing in public. But as soon as I walked into this concert, I realized Dancing wasn’t just to get the girl as I had thought. Dancing was self expression, stress-relieving and…FUN! And now 22 years later, there is no single sport or physical activity that I enjoy
more than dancing. It is Life’s Cosmic-Nectar, and every time I have the chance, I do my best to Get Down. And I consider this to be proof of my growth as a person. Something that used to scare me now brings me great joy on a daily basis. I’m proud of myself for this.
So to me, I CAME TO GET DOWN is my way of Life. For over half of my time here, I watched from the sidelines as people lived their lives fully, wishing someone would call me over to be part of the fun.
I’ve been depressed for long periods of time. I’ve spent long periods of my life in dark places that I felt beaten by and that I never thought I would escape.
But I don’t live in those dark places anymore. In fact, because of long term decisions that I’ve made and daily practices and tools that I use, I’m Happy on fairly constant basis. When I was in my darkest hour, two friends talked me down from the ledge. Once my head cleared after that, I pledged to myself that I would help as many people as I possibly could Smile, heal and feel good about themselves and the world. I’ve been looking for a vehicle to help spread my message to stay engaged in Life and stick all the way through the challenges to get to Life’s Awesome moments. I CAME TO GET DOWN IS that vehicle. I’m going to spread as many Smiles as I possibly can with this metaphor for living.
When I wear my I CAME TO GET DOWN shirts, the words on the front remind me to stay Engaged and Present in Life! The back (which says GET DOWN.LOVE) reminds me that I am never alone. When I focus on those words, I feel ready for every challenge that I face. So I simply feel empowered to do the right thing and follow Bliss when I put an I CAME TO GET DOWN shirt on.
Thank You to so many of you for buying my shirts. I hope that they make you feel good when you put them on and GET DOWN in them.
PEACE and L-O-V-E to you ALL!