No, we do not mean the physical activity of pulling your chin up to or above a bar with sheer body strength. If that is something you are skilled and strong enough to manage, then we are in awe of you and think you are pretty fantastic. This design is meant to inspire an every day attitude that we feel everyone should adopt as often as possible. Though probably not the kind of thing you say to someone who just lost their pet, “chin up” is the perfect mindset to find the good and look at the glass half full.
Keeping your chin up also helps you stay cheerful and hopeful in difficult times. We all have days that bring us to our knees and make us hang our heads low; that’s how life goes. But you can’t truly enjoy the sunshine unless rain has ruined your plans. The Chin up mentality is a chance to change your perspective; take a deep breath and remember that with a positive outlook you can do anything.
We are a mix of an optimist and a realist. The bright side comes easily to an optimist. The optimist sees the sun shining and a unicorn sliding down a rainbow while eating cotton candy when it fact it is raining outside and the ground is covered in mud. The realist sees the rain and the mud and accepts that it is there, but they can also appreciate that the rain is helping the flowers to bloom. It may be a little bit harder to get to the bright side, but they can get there with a little extra effort.
Chin up is the ideal message for both of us. We don’t just put random things on random shirts and hope for the best. When we do something, there is fire and purpose catapulting it, making it something we feel strongly about, believe in, and know will make a difference.
Gary Martin researched the first use of the phrase “Keep your chin up” and we love what he found below! We hope you love it too and remember to keep your chin up!
“Keep your chin up. Don’t take your troubles to bed with you – hang them on a chair with your trousers or drop them in a glass of water with your teeth.” – [they were easily amused in Pennsylvania in 1900] The Evening Democrat, October 1900