I was talking to my brother the other day, and he reminded me of the song Everybody is Free to Wear Sunscreen that was written by Baz Luhrman for the graduating class of 1999. Immediately the song took me back to my high school days. It is funny how this song carries a totally different meaning for me now, 10 years after high school, and I am sure the meaning will continue to change and deepen as I get older. Every once in a while I will read a quote, hear a song, or get one of those lengthy "remember when" emails that really makes me pause and think. This is one of those songs. Below are a few of my favorite verses, but if you have time I encourage you to listen to the entire song.
- Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind, you won't 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.
- 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.
- Keep your old love letters; throw away your old bank statements.
- 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.
- Get to know your parents; you never know when they'll be gone for good.
- 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.
- Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you are 40, it will look 85.