Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen

31 Dec

Hello friends! 🙂 15 hours until January 1, 2016, and I bet people are busy reading their horoscopes now, writing their last-minute new year’s resolutions and planning their lives ahead. If you are like me, you have probably read a lot of tips on how to live life better — it never ends.   To help you with that, allow me to share one of my favorite inspirational songs of all time 🙂 It gives out 25 wise pieces of advice on life. Just drop a minute or two, i promise it’s worth it.

The song’s called “Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen”. While there are some lines that don’t apply to me or I don’t really buy, most of the lyrics make really good sense. 🙂 I’ve highlighted the lines that I love the most and I hope you like it! 🙂

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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
A 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

1. 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.

2. 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 blindsides you at 4 p.m. On some idle Tuesday

3. Do one thing every day that scares you

4. Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts
Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours

5. Floss

6. 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

7. Remember compliments you receive, forget the insults, if you succeed in doing this, tell me how

8. Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements

9. Stretch

10. 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

11. Get plenty of calcium
12. 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
Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much
Or berate yourself either
Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s

14. 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

15. Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but 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

(Chorus) Brother and sister together we’ll make it through
Some day a spirit will take you and guide you there
I know you’ve been hurting but I’ve been waiting to be there for you
And I’ll be there just helping you out whenever I can

16. Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good
17. 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

18. Understand that friends come and go
But a precious few, you should hold on

Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle
For as the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young

19. 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

20. Travel

21. 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

22. 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

24. Don’t mess too much with your hair
Or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85

25. 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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