Monday, 11 May 2009

The best advice ever - wear sunscreen



We often get emails with articles or stories of inspiration, which leaves us with good feelings in life - for all of five minutes, until we receive a nasty email from someone else and it's back to office politics again. However, sometimes we do come across gems of wisdom that may prove to be life-changing (so something along that line).

When I first heard about this song "Everybody's free to wear sunscreen", I was immediately struck by the lyrics and the obvious truths it held. It didn't change my life, but it did change my perception of life. In just a few paragraphs, the lyrics captured very much the essence of what it means to live a fruitful life, especially for those of us who have experienced enough in life to understand the lyrics, and probably have enough years left in us to benefit from understanding the lyrics.

Contrary to what many people believed, this song did not originate as a graduation class speech. It was originally written by a journalist Mary Schmich in 1997 for the Chicago Tribune, and subsequently turned into a song by director Buz Luhrmann. The "Sunscreen Song" became extremely popular, and for those of you who've not heard it, do pay particular attention to the lyrics.

P.S: The MTV looks really dated because it is!





We often get emails with articles or stories of inspiration, which leaves us with good feelings in life - for all of five minutes, until we receive a nasty email from someone else and it's back to office politics again. However, sometimes we do come across gems of wisdom that may prove to be life-changing (so something along that line).

When I first heard about this song "Everybody's free to wear sunscreen", I was immediately struck by the lyrics and the obvious truths it held. It didn't change my life, but it did change my perception of life. In just a few paragraphs, the lyrics captured very much the essence of what it means to live a fruitful life, especially for those of us who have experienced enough in life to understand the lyrics, and probably have enough years left in us to benefit from understanding the lyrics.

Contrary to what many people believed, this song did not originate as a graduation class speech. It was originally written by a journalist Mary Schmich in 1997 for the Chicago Tribune, and subsequently turned into a song by director Buz Luhrmann. The "Sunscreen Song" became extremely popular, and for those of you who've not heard it, do pay particular attention to the lyrics.

P.S: The MTV looks really dated because it is!



Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99

If I could offer you only 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 own meandering 
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 have 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’re 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 your life are apt to be things that 
never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm 
on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you.

Sing

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with 
people who are reckless with yours.

Floss

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 
yourself.
Remember the 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 statements.

Stretch

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 don’t.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.
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…what ever you do, don’t 
congratulate 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’ll be gone for 
good.
Be nice to your siblings; they are the 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 you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will 
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 have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one 
might run out.

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 parts and recycling it for more than 
it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen…

1 comment:

  1. The lyrics really are fabulous aren't they? I especially liked the part that refers to advice being a form of nostalgia and I catch myself often when chatting to my kids of 22 and 23 years old!
    But one part I love is that I took a great leap in life by leaving the corporate world to create, manufacture and recently launch a natural, organic sunscreen that they are very proud of and believe me, they trust me on the sunscreen!

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