“Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”

February 18, 2011 | filed under inspiring, listen, moment of truth, pay attention | 2 Comments 

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.

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Someone needs you

January 5, 2010 | filed under consider this, moment of truth, pay attention | 3 Comments 

i need you

In my family is a very attractive young man with a generally ugly disposition. He’s been like this for years. No one really tried to find out why; we matched his attitude with more attitude. Maybe it’s pre-teen and teenage angst. Who can say? Honestly, I don’t think anyone cared what was bothering him; we just wanted him to be more pleasant. Sadly, I was amongst that group until a little over a week ago.

An explosive event triggered something I’d let slip away from me: those who are hardest to love usually need it most.

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