Baz Luhrmann - Everybody's Free (To Wear Suncreen)

Title : Everybody's Free (To Wear Suncreen)
Artist : Baz Luhrmann

Ladies and gentlemen
of the class of '97
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
or 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
never mind
you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth
until they've faded
but trust me
in twenty 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 imagined.

Don't worry about the future,
or worry and know that worrying is about 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 blind sides you at 4pm 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 yours.


Don't waste your time on jealousy.
Sometimes your ahead, sometimes your behind.
The race is long
and in the end its only with yourself.

Remember 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 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 kids, maybe you won't.
Maybe you'll divorce at 40.
Maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75 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're your best link to your past
and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go,
but with a precious few they should hold on.
Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle.
whereas 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'll have a trust fund,
maybe you'll 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 your 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.

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