THE CLASS OF 97” WEAR SUNSCREEN
Ladies and GeNtlemen
IF I COULD OFFER YOU 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. Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. 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. How much possibility lay before you. And how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine. Don’t worry about the future - Or worry, but know that worrying 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 4 pm on some idle Tuesday.
DO ONE THING EVERYDAY THAT SCARES YOU
/ Sing Don’t be reckless with other peoples’ hearts Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours / Floss 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 compliments you’ve received, forget the insults If you succeed in doing this, tell me how, Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements / 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.
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.
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 / Dance Even if you have nowhere to do it but in 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. Brother and sister / Together we’ll make it through / Someday 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.
ENJOY YOUR BODY
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. Understand that friends come and go -But with a precious few you should hold on. Work 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. 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 / Travel - Accept certain inalienable truths: prices will rise, politicians will 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. Respect your elders. 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 out. Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85.
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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… Brother and sister / Together we’ll make it through / Someday 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 / Everybody’s free / Everybody’s free / Everybody
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