A Little Free Advice....
This 'song' came out when I was in 7th grade....at the time, it didn't really make much sense to me. Now, however, this might be some of the best advice you can ever hope to get. Enjoy.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of '99. Wear sunscreen.
If I could offer you one tip for the future, sunscreen
would be it. The
long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by
scientists whereas the
rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my
experience... I will dispense this advice now
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh,
nevermind, you will not
understand the power and beauty of your youth until
they've faded. But trust
me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of yourself
and recall in a way
you can't grasp now, how much possibility lay before
you and how fabulous
you really looked. You are NOT as fat as you imagine.
Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that
worrying is as
effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by
chewing bubblegum. The
real troubles in life are apt to be things that never
crossed your worried
mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle
Do one thing everyday that scares you.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't
put up with people who
are reckless with yours.
Don't waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you're
ahead, sometimes you're
behind. The race is long, and in the end, it's only with
Remember compliments you receive. Forget the
insults. If you succeed in doing
this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do
with your life.
The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22
what they wanted to do
with their lives; some of the most interesting 40 year
olds I know still
Get plenty of calcium.
Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when they're
Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll
have children, maybe you
won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40. Maybe you'll dance
the funky chicken on
your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do,
yourself too much or berate yourself either - your
choices are half chance,
so are everybody else's.
Enjoy your body, use it every way you can... don't be
afraid of it, or what
other people think of it... it's the greatest instrument
you'll ever own.
Dance... even if you have nowhere to do it but in
your own living room.
Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.
Do NOT read beauty magazines they will only make
you feel UGLY.
Get to know your parents, you never know when they
might be gone for good.
Be nice to your siblings; they're your best link to your
past and the
people most likely to stick with you in the future
Understand that friends come and go, but for the
precious few you should
hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography
and lifestyle because the
older you get, the more you need the people you knew
when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes
you hard. Live in
Northern California once, but leave before it makes
Accept certain inalienable truths. Prices will rise,
philander, you too will get old. And when you do, you'll
fantasize that when
you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians
were noble, and children
respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe
you have a trust fund,
maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse; but you never
know when either one might
Don't mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're
40, it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with
those who supply it.
Advice is a form of nostalgia; dispensing it is a way of
fishing the past
from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly
recycling it for more than it's worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen.
Click the link below for the full music video for Baz Lurhmann's Wear Sunscreen
There are so many truths in this! Thank you, Kati!
I couldn't agree with you more!
When I first heard this, I too was very young. I thought to myself, 'ummm okay. I guess? Next.'
Being much older now, the song has taken on a whole new meaning (or should I say an 'actual meaning' since it didn't really have any effect on me then).
What is funny to me now, though, is that even know I more fully understand what the song is trying to tell me, it is still sometimes REALLY hard to follow the great advice it gives. And funnier yet, the author addresses this exactly in the song! 'Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.'
Sometimes we are our own worst enemy!
It will be really interesting to revisit this song in another 15 years. Who knows what kind of meaning it could have for us then?
Thanks for sharing!
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