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Wear sunscreen

Posted in life, music by plunchete on April 4, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I discovered (via gimenete) this video. I like it pretty much!

The song in this video is an essay titled “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young” written by Mary Schmich and published in 1997, oddly the song starts with “Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99” WTF!. Just for the record,  the name of the song is not “wear sunscreen” is “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)”.

The song starts with just one tip for the future “wear sunscreen”. Why wear sunscreen? As the song says “The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists” and then starts the part with meaningful and great advices “the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience”.

I really enjoy the whole song but I would like to emphasize some sentences:

  • “Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum”
  • “The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind”
  • “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 the compliments you receive, forget the insults”
  • “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”

Here is the video (with Spanish subtitles)

I would like to end this post with a part of the song

“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.”


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