It bridges that impersonal gap with everyone." He wore it to England, where people were so reserved they wouldn't say anything to him, but would start chuckling as soon as they passed. When he officiated one of his daughters' weddings, the turtle was perched on top of his head. The hat got stained and worn-out, but the tag had fallen off, so Johnson couldn't figure out how to get another one. He looked all over the internet and couldn't find it.
He replaced the lining, but it was still in bad shape. Then, 16 years after he bought it, he found another one in a secondhand store. Worse, the company that made the hats had gone out of business. He'd just have to pay to make a new generation of hats, that's how. He tore apart his hat so he could create a pattern for the manufacturer and launched a Kickstarter to raise the $5,000 he'd need to handle all the expenses. He has a website and is also selling T-shirts that say, "Prove you have a sense of Humor! Wear a Turtle on your head." (The period is on the T-shirt.) But the turtle hats are about more than just hats, or turtles. Johnson believes that his hat makes him friendly and open. "It's my signature signal that I'm a friendly guy who you can ask to take a photo, and who won't get mad when flights are delayed, even if it's inconvenient," is how his website puts it. "It is my reminder to lighten up today." Screengrab from Lynn Johnson's Kickstarter.
"Some of us, growing up, our mothers taught us, 'When you go out the door, put on a smile,'" Johnson said. "It's very much like putting on a smile." Maybe, if more people wear turtle hats, more people will feel the same thing that Johnson feels when he wears his. Inside each hat he ships, he plans to put a card that tells the owners, "Lighten up. Try not to take yourself too seriously." Johnson is thinking bigger than that, though. In an email, he outlined an idea for "Turtle Hat Societies," groups where men could get together to mentor young people, provide scholarships to the underprivileged, and do other good works. "Men in America tend to be isolated and not have truly close friendly, non-competitive, honest relationships," Johnson wrote. "We need such relationships for our best wellbeing and human flourishing." Johnson is a goofy, goofy man—when he answered the phone, he kicked off our conversation by saying, "This is Lynn Johnson, how may I brighten up your day?" His Kickstarter page is similarly goofy, and if you are bred on irony and the idea that the best jokes are somehow shocking or mean, you inevitably ask yourself, Is he kidding? But no, he is not kidding, and you can't deny his whole campaign has an undeniable power. Can you picture someone in a turtle hat starting a war? When Johnson says that he wants "to touch many thousands of lives, lightly and cheerfully, for the better," you believe him, and you want him to succeed. He's raised more than $2,700 of his $5,000 goal with 24 days to go, and there's a good chance his campaign will go a bit viral—Johnson said that he's been contacted by BuzzFeed, the Washington Post , and even The Late Late Show with James Corden . But for now, he's just walking around with the hat he had made as a sample. "Since the Kickstarter, I'm so shameless," he said. "I wear it everywhere, and if anyone even looks at me, I walk up to them and say, 'You like the hat? I know where you can get one just like it,' and then I hand them a card. It's wonderful." First Turtle Classic Cap – Back In Stock. Available in Black and Dark Grey – use drop down to select your color choice. This AWESOME Brushed Cotton Twill cap is available in Black and Dark Grey and features embroidered images of THE FIRST TMNT drawing and Kevins signature. The wicked gory details are below but the pictures showcase the awesomeness of this cap. 100% brushed cotton twill 6-panel, structured, mid-profile eight-row stitching on bill 3 1/2″ crown medium buckram backed front panels contrasting sandwich bill, sewn eyelets and top button self-fabric matching adjustable Velcro closure matching underbill. Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review. How to Predict What Your Future May Look Like (in 10 Years) Before you roll your eyes and shrug, realize this is not about tarot cards or palm reading. This exercise is rooted in behavioral science and human psychology. Here’s how to do it: Look at the people you know who are 10 to 20 years older than you right now.
From your finances to your fitness to your relationships, this simple test reveals your future in almost every area of your life. “You mean I’m going to end up [blank 1], like [blank 2]?” (Where “blank 1” = raising kids, saving money, investing, dating. And “blank 2”= my parents, my friends, or my boss) And that, right there, should be your big “Ah-Ha!” moment.
If you want to change your future, you can change who you’re modeling today from 10-20 years in the future. So question for you: Are the people you know that are 10-20 years ahead of you where you want to be in life?