As soon as I saw the self-esTEEm campaign I knew I had to wear one of the shirts. It’s a fantastic idea, and creates a talking point with other people. I don’t even mind them staring at my chest when I know they want to ask “What does that say?” The answer raises a shared smile and most people wish they could wear one themselves, or certainly know someone else they’d like to buy one for. And it’s not to point the finger at another individual’s vulnerability; the intention is to empower.
At some point in my life (but very early on) I decided that I wasn’t ‘enough’ of anything. I wasn’t pretty enough, smart enough, slim enough, creative enough, likeable enough, able enough. These thoughts plagued me throughout my life, taking me down paths I shouldn’t have been on, leading me away from all of the things I’d ever wanted.
I’ve suffered from low self-esteem since the age of 13 as a result of bullying while at secondary school. I was never considered “cool” enough at school since I was not wearing the latest trainers nor did I wear the latest fashions. This went on for a couple of years and this was to have a profound impact upon the way I would see myself in the future.
Michael with Stan Lee at London Film and Comic Convention, July 2014
Well, after a little bit of a rethink we decided it would be best to lower the goal again, this time to 20. Surely this can’t fail! We have 17 pledges already and over four days to go before the end of our pledge.
Well, we have 16 days to get 100 pledges towards our t-shirts! This is both exciting and terrifying at the same time, but we are determined that we are going to make a success of this! Please click here to pledge and reserve your shirt or hoodie!
I am very happy to announce that our first ever self-esTEEm t-shirt campaign is up and running! We have just 21 days to reach our goal of getting pledges for 100 t-shirts (and here’s hoping we go above that!). We have t-shirts and hoodies available on the website which can be found here and remember, no money will leave your bank until the campaign goal is 100% covered, so there is no risk to your hard earned cash.
Well it seems I’ve got a bit out of kilter with the countdown thing (well done Holly!) and it turns out that we have under a day and a half left until the launch of our first t-shirt campaign at 7pm (GMT) tomorrow!
I’ll post something more interesting soon, hopefully with more screen caps of replies to my Twitter pestering!