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Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen

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Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen)

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Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’97, wear

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The 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...

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Enjoy the

power

beauty

and of your youth. Never mind, you will not understand the power and beauty

of your youth until they’ve But

faded

trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back

at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp How much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.

You are not as fat as you imagine

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is as effective as trying to solve algebra equations by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, The kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday

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Do oNE THING EVErYDAY THAT ScArES YoU SING

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DON’T BE RECKLESS WITH OTHER PEOPLES’ HEARTS DON’T PUT UP WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE RECKLESS

WITH YOURS

FLOSS

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ahead The race is long, and in the end it’s only with yourself. Remember compliments you’ve received, forget the insults If you succeed in doing this, tell me

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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.

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you’ll marry maybe you won’t you’ll have children, maybe you won’t you’ll divorce at 40 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.

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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 nstrument you’ll ever own

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Dance

Even if you have nowhere to

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them. Do not read

do it but in your own living room.

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

Come and go

Understand that friends

But with a

precious few you should hold on

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Because the older you get the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

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N ew york city Live in once,

but leave before it makes you hard

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Live in orthern California

once! But leave before it makes you soft

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TRAVEL rise

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Accept certain inalienable truths: prices will

rise

philander, You too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasise that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, And children respected their elders. politicians will

Respect your elders.

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Don’t

expect anyone else to support you Maybe you’ll have a trust fund, maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse But you never know when either one might

RUN RUN RUN OUT

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Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you’re

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.

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Advice, Like youth Probably wasted on the young.

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Everybody's Free