-- Baz Luhrmann
(To Wear Sunscreen)
and gentlemen of the class of '97. Wear sunscreen.
I could offer you only one tip for the future,
sunscreen would be it.
long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists
the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable
my own meandering experience.
will dispense this advice now.
the power and beauty of your youth;
will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have
trust me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of yourself
and recall in a way can't grasp now,
much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.
are NOT as fat as you imagine.
worry about the future;
or worry, but knowing that worrying is as effective as
trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.
real troubles in your life are apt to be things
that never crossed your worried mind;
kind that blindsides you at 4PM on some idle Tuesday.
one thing everyday that scares you.
be reckless with other people's hearts,
put up with people who are reckless with yours.
waste your time on jealousy;
sometimes you're ahead,
sometimes you're behind.
race is long,
and in the end it's only with yourself.
the compliments you receive,
forget the insults;
if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
your old love letters,
throw away your old bank statements.
feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life.
most interesting people I know didn't know at 22
what they wanted to do with their lives,
of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't.
plenty of calcium.
kind to your knees,
you'll miss them when they're gone.
maybe you won't,
you'll have children,
maybe you won't,
you'll divorce at 40,
maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary;
ever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much
or berate yourself either;
choices are half chance,
so are everybody else's.
your body, use it every way you can,
don't be afraid of it,
or what other people think of it,
the greatest instrument you'll ever own.
... even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.
the directions, even if you don't follow them.
NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.
music with Quidon singing...)
to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for good.
nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and
the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
that friends, come and go,
but for the precious few you should hold on.
hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle
because the older you get,
the more you need the people you knew when you were young.
in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard;
in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
certain inalienable truths,
prices will rise,
politicians will philander,
you too will get old,
when you do you'll fantasize that when you were young,
prices were reasonable,
politicians were noble,
and children respected their elders.
expect anyone else to support you.
you have a trust fund,
maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse;
you never know when either one might run out.
mess too much with your hair,
or by time you're 40, it will look 85.
careful whose advice you buy,
but be patient with those who supply it.
is a form of nostalgia,
it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal,
wiping it off,
painting over the ugly parts
recycling it for more than it's worth.
trust me ... on the sunscreen.