Below you will find the lyrics to a song called Lyrics to "Everybody is free to wear sunscreen". The lyrics were worked into a song by Baz Luhrman and the voice is by But the words were actually advice written by columnist called Mary Schmich.
The first time I heard this song was quite amazing for me. I was standing in an A & P supermarket feeling quite normal. When I heard the song and especially the lyrics I paused and listened very carefully. Although I wasnít crazy about the music the spoken words blew me away. In the middle of this neon-lit supermarket surrounded by moody people, I started to smile and saw everything around me in a different light. For a moment I realized how much I had to be grateful for. Maybe the lyrics will do something Ėminor or major- for you tooÖ
If you want
to download the song or want more info on the song check: http://www.stanford.edu/~calbear/sunscreen.html
On there youíll also find some fairly funny parodies.
Straight after the lyrics I have given my own ideas on some of the things that are said in the song.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of '97,
1. 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 or reliable then my own meandering experience.
I will dispense this advice....now.
2. Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind, you won't 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.
3. 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 troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind: the kind that blindsides you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.
4. Do one thing every day that scares you.
6. Don't be reckless with other people's hearts; don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.
8. 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.
9. Remember compliments you receive; forget the insults. (if you succeed in doing this, tell me how).
10. Keep your old love letters; throw away your old bank statements.
11. 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.
12. Get plenty of Calcium. Be kind to your knees -- you'll miss them when they're gone.
13. 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.
14. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself, either. Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's.
15. 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.
16. Dance...even if you have no where to do it but in your own living room.
17. Read the directions (even if you don't follow them).
18. Do not read beauty magazines; they will only make you feel ugly.
19. Get to know your parents; you never know when they'll be gone for good.
20. 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.
21. Understand that friends come and go, but that a precious few should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps and 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.
22. 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.
23. Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse, but you never know when either one might run out.
too much with your hair or by the time you are 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.
1. Well I
dunno about that. I am sure it canít hurt though I guess itís importance
is dependant on where you live.
2. through 6. Yes, yup uhu etc.
8. Yeah, I reckon jealousy eats you up. It is a hard nut to crack though. I sure havenít yet.
9. Maybe I should started writing down the first ha ha! I always seem to forget compliments quite quickly.
10. Yes, definitely keep love letters, I am not sure why, even though I havenít read mine for years it still feels like the right thing to do? No, to tossing bank statements. Throwing away bank statements has gotten me in trouble with the taxman, the utility company and others. I reckon it depends on how you live and how old they are.
11. I agree that nobody should feel guilty if they donít know what to do with their lives. But it is good to know or to at least try to find out. Your life can obviously be very interesting if you do know also.
12. Yeh. Sometimes I wish I had spend my youth doing martial arts of gymnastics rather than skating the day away.
13. My preference goes to never even considering a ďtypicalĒ marriage, I donít think many people are suited or capable to be together for life. But I would add, whatever you do if you do get married get a pre-nuptial agreement!!!
14. I agree with the first with the second only partially. I would like to believe that to a fairly large extent one can be a master of their own destiny by the choices one makes.
15. Hell Yeah! 16. For sure. 17. Yup.
18. I like reading these! I donít feel ugly but thatís because I take only 20% of the content serious and read the rest to laugh at it or to inform myself of some trivial stuff.
19./20. Sounds like very good advice to me except in those rare cases were your family are truly undeserving of your attentions and are very unlikely to change.
21. Definitely and I would add that some rare friends can become family.
22. Acceptance of these things sounds good but I wouldnít want to condone all of them since I think one could easily lapse into cynicism and apathy.
23. Hmm, there is a lot that could be said about this and related topics such as: unemployment benefits, voluntarily frugality, alternative living/building, legal tax evasion, morality etc, but I wonít get into it here. Maybe another time.