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Friday, October 10, 2014

Everybody's free to wear sunscreen.......Baz Luhrmann #90smusic

Exactly a year ago, I gave a belated shout out to my cousin +jide ogungbesan and shared #90smusic from Maxwell - about a year ago today! This makes me realise how long its been already since I started this blog, interesting how time flies. Happy birthday again today Jide!! Love you loads and thanks for encouraging me from the start.

It's Friday and I am in the mood for some good quality #90smusic, it's been a while. Before I get to the music though, anybody out there as happy as I am about the kids school resumption?! Whew!! That was one mighty long one. Here's one picture I saw that sums it up pretty well, hehe;

You know you feel the same way! Stop using bad eye to look at me joo. 

The song I dug up for today was more of a spoken word released in 1998 by Australlian film director, Baz Luhrmann. I don't get that excited by work in this genre (i.e. spoken word), but this one got me! I read somewhere that the song was based on an essay written as a potential commencement speech by Mary Schmich, published in the Chicago Tribune in 1997. Enough with the history class (if you are interested though, go here), but the words of this essay still ring true today and I really do hope as you listen or read, you actually do hear them....


Read the actual essay here as published in June 1997.

Everybody's free to wear sunscreen - Baz Luhrmann

Click this link if you cannot view the video -

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99 
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen (and this is true) 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; oh never mind; you will not 
understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. (hmmm)
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….You’re not as fat as you 

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. (hahaha, really, why worry)
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.

Do one thing everyday that scares you


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 (so true)…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with 
yourself. (This should be in capital letters!!)

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you 
succeed in doing this, tell me how. (haha)

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements. (Er...that's if you got any)


Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your 
life…(Oh glory!! Cos, this is me, most of the time and no, I refuse to feel guilty)
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. (I haven't been getting that o)

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…( the funky chicken dance would be nice, if we can still stand, hehe) 
what ever you do, don’t 
congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your 
choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s. 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 instrument you’ll ever 


…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room. (Yep yep! cos really, nobody should see me dance! I have two left legs)

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

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly. (aha!)

Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for 
good. (When last did you call them? yes you!)

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. 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. (Word!)

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. (eheen, really?)


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. (But its true, this generation ehn, in my day....*rolls eyes*)

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, 
maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one 
might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair, ( er.. +Lola Maja-Okojevoh, *coughs* just messing with you! Much love) or by the time you're 40, 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. (read this again...)

But trust me on the sunscreen…


Baz Luhrmann.jpg
"Baz Luhrmann" by Eva Rinaldi - [ flickr. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.