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Baz Luhrmann

Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen

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playLadies and Gentlemen of the class of ’97
playWear sunscreen
playIf I could offer you only one tip for the future
playSunscreen would be it

playThe long term benefits of sunscreen
playHave been proved by scientists
playWhereas the rest of my advice has no basis
playMore reliable than my own meandering experience
playI will dispense this advice now.

playEnjoy the power and beauty of your youth
playOh nevermind
playYou will not understand
playThe power and beauty of your youth
playUntil they have faded.
playBut trust me, in 20 years
playYou’ll look back at photos of yourself
playAnd recall in a way you can’t grasp now
playHow much possibility lay before you
playAnd how fabulous you really looked.
playYou’re not as fat as you imagine.

playDon’t worry about the future
playOr worry, but know that worrying is as effective
playAs trying to solve an algebra equation
playBy chewing bubblegum.
playThe real troubles in your life
playAre apt to be things that never crossed
playYour worried mind;
playThe kind that blindside you
playAt 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

   Do one thing everyday that scares you

   Sing
   Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts
   Don’t put up with people
   Who are reckless with yours

   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 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

   Stretch

   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
   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 in 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

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