It truly is, even though it might not appear so sometimes. But amidst all the lying, deceit and disappointments, there are moments that need to be cherished like a bright little flower bursting through the cracks in a hard sun backed earth..It is these little things that make living worth it.
For as long as I can remember (read : ever since i started listening to songs) I found something so timeless in Baz Luhrmann‘s ‘Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)’. As i grew older and, hopefully, wiser, I started paying more and more attention to the words behind the song, and it was as if i could finally make sense out of the chaos going all around. Without fail, its been one of my most reliable feel good strategy. The original text that the song uses is from an article published in the Chicago Tribune by Mary Schmich titled ‘Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young’…(how true..:P )
To me personally, the words sound like a sorta personal narrative and makes me go back into the past and hover over different times and places that i have so far seen in my journey through life. And its not such a bad journey, ofcourse there have been the occasional bumps and flat tyres but then who hasn’t been there? Isn’t that part of the fun in a road trip? That’s what life is, just one big road trip..And its best traveled with the music blaring full blast and the wind blowing in your hair…
So….without further ado, here it is, hope it cheers you up too. * I’ve added images because they help me in letting the message sink in better and relaxes me..*
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’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 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 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 of what other people think of it…
It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.
even if you have nowhere to do it but your 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 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 who knew you when you were young…
Live in New York City once…(how about lahore?)
but leave before it makes you hard…
Live in Northern California once..(thats definitely Islamambad)
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’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 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.
- Six Beauty Resolutions to Keep in 2009 (bellasugar.com)
- Advice, like Youth, probably just wasted on the Young (pre7amer.wordpress.com)
- Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen) (dougkeesler.wordpress.com)