What My World's Like

“Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”

Feb
18

Originally written in 1997 by Chicago Tribune columnist, Mary Schmich, under the title “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young”, Baz Luhrmann set it to music and released “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” in 1999.

There’s some great advice in here, such as:

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind.
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 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 yourself.

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.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can.
Don’t be afraid of it or of what other people think of it.
It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.

2 Responses to “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”

  1. Ahhh yes I remember this from years ago when I first heared it. I was probably even pre-teen then but it struck me even then. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. oops in mentioning my age I had a freudian slip and really was being too kind :/

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