Gregory Karelitz | PVOS

I’m Greg (yep, the short, hairy guy in that picture).

In 2010, I started to get anxiety attacks. I was in college, living in a tiny dorm room with 5 other guys (2 bedroom, 1 bathroom), having just undergone double hip surgery. I couldn’t work out. I couldn’t run. I couldn’t do the things that I loved and defined me.

All the while, I was tutoring at an inner-city middle school for one of my class electives. On this particular evening, I was paired with a 6th grade student named Derrick. We were sitting at an adjacent table from another student, Isiah, and his tutor – an older, bald man with glasses.

I remember hearing the bald man ask, “Isiah, do you like it here?”

Isiah answered, “Nah man. It’s just not for me.”

The old man removed his glasses slowly and placed them on the table. He asked permission of Isiah, “Can I share something with you, Isiah?”

“Sure.” Isiah remarked.

“Isiah…” The old man leaned in closer. I could witness this out of the corner of my eye while going through math problems with Derrick. “… go with the flow, don’t fight it, don’t flee it, it builds character.

At that moment, it was as if his words went over Isiah’s head and got stuck in mine. I immediately wrote it down in my iPhone’s notes, and when I got back to my cramped dorm room, I jumped onto my bed and I re-read the note dozens of times. I didn’t want to forget it.

I decided to create a physical reminder, so I grabbed my necklace that was tucked away in my dresser and put it on. The necklace reminds me everyday to live positively.

Now, whenever I feel anxiety begin to creep in, I touch the necklace which reminds me that I am in control and to do what makes me happy.

Everyone wants to be happy. You deserve to be. You are in control.

We created PVOS as a society of positive thinkers and doers. We hope that our products act as a physical reminder to live positively. As always, go with the flow, don’t fight it, don’t flee it, it builds character.