Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

Baz LuhrmannEverybody’s Free (To 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 proven 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 nevermind, you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have


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


The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind. 

The kind that blindside you at 4:00 pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you.


Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with


Floss.  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


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


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.

What ever 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 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.

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.  Don’t expect anyone else to support you.

Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you have a wealthy spouse.

But 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…

10 thoughts on “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

  1. Miss Snarky Pants March 21, 2013 / 10:31 am

    that was supposed to say, “i can completely understand string theory…” editing snafu


  2. Miss Snarky Pants March 21, 2013 / 10:30 am

    You are very wise, much like the Buddha I bought at Target for $9.99. However, I’d like to encourage young women to read fashion magazines AND to watch each and every episode of The Real Housewives of Wherever the Fuck They Are. Why? Because nothing makes a woman feel good about herself like a bunch of histrionic, anorexic, shallow dingbats who talk of nothing but gossip, lip gloss, wine and Botox. After an episode, I’m pretty sure that I can completely understand string and I’m grateful that I can actually close my lips, something these trout mouths are unable to do. Again, thank you for your wisdom, oh sage one.


  3. Mama Sonshine March 15, 2013 / 4:07 pm

    HA! I was going to post this the other day because back in the 90’s this article was made into a song and heard it on the radio again. But I never got around to it.
    Still love it!


  4. strippedcanvas March 5, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    Love this!!! ..especially this line: Advice is a form of nostalgia.


  5. Scribelife March 5, 2013 / 8:43 am

    Isn’t it ironic that beauty magazines make us feel ugly?? I wish I had kept my old love letters..


  6. lifeislikeaboxofwine March 4, 2013 / 8:13 pm

    Ahhhhh I wish I would have taken this advise when I was younger.


  7. achievaholic March 4, 2013 / 6:36 pm

    You know what they say… Youth is wasted on the young.


  8. thecollectioncup March 4, 2013 / 2:28 pm

    Isn’t that the truth! Glad you liked it… when I’m having a bad day that song really puts things into perspective.


  9. londonkingsley March 4, 2013 / 1:37 pm

    It’s funny how no matter how much wisdom is imparted to us, we always wish to learn by experience and example. Making mistakes are a part of life, but wisdom is only gained if we learn from them.
    This was a delight to read! 😀


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