Sunscreen!!

08 August, 2006

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of 97... wear sunscreen.
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. Never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years youll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you cant grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.

You are NOT as fat as you imagine.

DONT 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!!!

Dont 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, its only with yourself.

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 statements.

Stretch.

Dont feel guilty if you dont know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didnt know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still dont.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, youll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe youll marry, maybe you wont, maybe you'll have children, maybe you wont, 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 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 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 in 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.

Dont expect anyone else to support you. MAYBE YOU HAVE A TRUST FUND, MAYBE YOU'LL HAVE A WEALTHY SPOUSE; BUT YOU'LL 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.
(baz lurhman- one of the best ever!!!)

7 Scribbles:

moontalk said...

wow!i never ve seen so much of advice packed into one tiny space!!
wat's with the quotes n the famous words?
:D
but some of it is sensible...actually a lot is. i jus resent that!!! :D

danny said...

Sometimes i wonder how frenz think the same thing at the same time...
There s surely a cosmic connection...I like the way ya think lover...

vidi said...

nic song:) me likes

pRicky said...

aha! hmmm!
k

ujju said...

ok..some of that stuff is so wierd and corny...sounds like Barney the purple dinosaur talking.
but onething i agree..sunscreen! I'm serious, the effects are amazing. I am enjoying the benefits of sunscreen. keep changing till you find one that suits your skin and dont let go!

Tsu said...

@ujju: u cosmetic comet disaster waiting to happen wats with get a sunscreen that suits ure skin!!!???
@prick: leave something beside noises dude!!!
(*scratching head*)
@vidi: me loves the song too... first time i heard it i was in my tenth!!! brilliant...

Me Thinks.. said...

aha! awesome.. makes sense!

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