I heard the amazing Baz Lurhman “sunscreen” song on the radio last week. I cannot believe this dates back to 1999 – maybe showing my age, here!
It brought a smile to my face. It still sounds good 20 years on and contains some great advice for living. Maybe because it’s much more poignant to me now compared to first time around.
I hope you enjoy it….
Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99 – “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…
Oh, never mind! 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 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 bubble-gum
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 every day that scares you
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
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
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…
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!
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
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
- 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!
Simply, brilliant! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
Thank you for reading! For more on Age Life Balance, browse the blog at www.agelifebalance.com to find out more.
Songwriters: NIGEL SWANSTON / TIMOTHY COX
Everybody’s Free lyrics © Peermusic (Uk) Ltd., PEERMUSIC III LTD