Friday, June 5, 2009

Everyone's Free (to Wear Sunscreen)

I heard this song on the radio the other day and if your old enough it might make you cry at the truth of it.. I love to hear Baz Luhrmann read this. OK read this here or go the the link here to listen.
I hope you get the nostalgic value from it that I have..

by Baz Luhrmann
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
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'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 toubles in life are apt to
be things that never
crossed your worried
mind; the kind the blindside
you at 4pm on some idle

Do one thing everyday that scares you.


Don't be reckless with other peoples 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 suceed 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
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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,
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 else 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.

Brother and sister together we'll make it through.
Someday your spirit will take
you and guide you there.
I know you've been hurting, but
I've been waiting to be there
for you.
And I'll be there just helping
you out whenever I can.

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, except 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.


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'll have a trust fund,
maybe you'll 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.


victoria kloch said...

This is great! I have on my screen saver.
Dance like no one is watching.
Love like you've never been hurt. And
Work like you don't need the money. LOVE it!!

thedoghouse.etsy said...

I'm so glad you posted about this. I just listened to it the other day & brought back floods of memories - both happy & sad.

Joy De Vivre Design said...

Thank you so much for the link to this on my blog. I appreciate you stopping by and this is a lovely post. So very true!

Sarah said...

this reminds me of my high school graduation so much, it takes me back in time 10 years. the line that gets me the most is "get to know your parents....."
thanks for posting!

Laura said...

That's a beautiful lyric! Very true. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, and take care.

Delainie said...

I love this song. It came out the year I graduated high school, always makes me a little teary! I haven't heard it in ages!