If someone had told me two months ago that I’d be designing pandemic t shirts, I would have laughed. Hard! In fact, even after news of the Coronavirus pandemic had already spread, schools and businesses began to shut down, and everyone was ordered to stay at home, I still never thought I’d be designing Coronavirus t shirts. I’m not usually one to jump on every bandwagon that comes along. But this was one BIG bandwagon! And my clients started asking for pandemic t shirt designs, so I had to deliver.
2020 System Error Pandemic T Shirts
And so, it began. My first thoughts turned to the fact that just about everyone agrees the year 2020 needs a serious rewind, re-start, reboot! There has obviously been a fatal system error somewhere!
My next designs were inspired by general feelings I observed from everyone around me concerning the current state of the world – “holy sh*t” seemed to sum it up well! Especially when you factor in the idea that a raid on toilet paper was at hand, for some strange reason.
Senior 2020 Pandemic T Shirts
Which led to overwhelming feelings of sadness for all the high school and college seniors whose final months of school and graduations have been ruined. For them, 2020 will certainly be remembered as the year sh*t got real!
Just Roll With it! Senior Quarantine 2020 Shirts
Many senior classes have a story or a legacy, but a pandemic…that’s a hard one to top! They had to overcome so many things like staying home and washing their hands, which ultimately contributed to saving lives. They aced Social Distancing 101 and eventually learned to just roll with it. So, I think they’ve passed their share of unusual tests and probably even learned to spell quarantined! No final exams necessary for this bunch.
2020 Academic Year Survivor – Pandemic T shirts
And for all the other students who got to try their hand at home schooling…they also deserve a t-shirt design that commemorates the year they survived the pandemic academic year! That reminds me…I still need to design one for all the moms and dads who suddenly became home-school teachers.
Take a Hike – Social Distancing Hiking Shirts
The year 2020 will forever be known as the year that Social Distancing became a thing. And what’s the best way to social distance without staying home? Take a hike! It’s a good way to relax, get some exercise and forget your adult problems…which have only been made worse by the pandemic.
Speaking of adult problems…there is the issue of employment, or unemployment for many. There seem to be a few trains of thought on this topic. There are those who have lost their jobs because of businesses having to shut down during the Coronavirus pandemic. And of that group, some are angry because they have had issues with collecting unemployment benefits, while others are content because they’re making more money on unemployment than they formerly did working. Go figure. And there are the self-employed, like me, just trying to do what we can to get by.
Essential Worker T Shirts – Don’t Be Jealous!
And then there are the “Essential Workers” whose impressive title has been the brunt of many jokes – mainly because of what the government considers “essential.” There are the obvious essentials…doctors, nurses, emergency personnel…all of which “chose” a career that was essential. And we applaud them and thank them for going to work every day to help save lives.
But then there is another group of questionable essentials who might feel more sacrificial, required to go to work every day to keep the cash flowing while corporate quarantines at home. And, of course, there are some who have lost their jobs saying, don’t complain, at least you still have a job.” But let’s be honest, sometimes our health needs to be made a priority over money. And for many, they have not been given that option.
Essential Employee T Shirts – Makin’ Mom Proud!
And so, the Essential employee t shirt designs were born so that these very special people can wear them proudly, showing the world how extremely important, indispensable and high priority they really are. Don’t be jealous! They’re just doing what is asked of them and makin’ mom proud!
Track and Field Quarantine 2020 Shirt
When it’s all said and done, a lot of students will have missed out on their school’s spring and summer sports programs. My daughter is one of those students. She is a dedicated track and field athlete at her high school, and even though their season has been cancelled, she still trains every day. Why? So that she can be at her best for next season. And because tough times don’t last…but tough people do! So, of course, I had to make a design to encourage all track and field athletes to stay strong, even though their 2020 season became Quarantine 2020 season. Better days are ahead!
Track and Field Moms and Dads – Keep Calm
And finally, to all the moms and dads who didn’t get to cheer on their favorite track and field athletes this year – I say, keep calm! This time next year we’ll all be feeling very grateful for the simple things in life, like being able to gather and support our teams. Lest we forget…it can’t be worse than that one season!
So as the saga continues, we’re starting to see a small light at the end of the tunnel. Plans are being made to start reopening some businesses in May and there is hope that this pandemic will soon be over. I am cautiously optimistic.
When I haven’t been busy designing Coronavirus t shirts, I’ve been doing my small part to help others in my community by sewing face masks and distributing them to anyone in need, free of charge. Just my small way of giving back and trying to feel more like we really are all “in this together.” I am grateful to live in a small town that has a relatively low number of positive cases. And I pray for those who are not so fortunate and those who have been suffering from the virus or have lost loved ones to this terrible illness.
Be smart. Stay safe. Live, Laugh, Love, Pray, Repeat. And we shall see what May 2020 has in store.