Posted by: Mermaid | August 15, 2009

Baz Luhrmann – Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99
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.

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.
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. 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…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with

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

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.


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…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

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.

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

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.

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.


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.

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, 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.

But trust me on the sunscreen…


  1. Hey Mayada..i swear i v enjoyed reading every word of urs here! though am not of ur class of 99!! am older! yet trying 2 abide by some of ur wonderful
    rules..regaining faith in others..singing..dancing by
    my self..etc..defeating woes and frustration.
    yet..i ll hang on 2 ur sunscreen and never let might lead me to new path of more hope and light!

    thrilled knowing u through ur writings Mayada.

    Keep on shinning artist.

  2. Hello Dr. Aida :)

    Thank you very much for the comment though I believe it should be directed to the person who wrote the lyrics of Baz Luhrmann :) It is a beautiful song :)

    Honored and privileged by your visit :)

  3. But.. still deep appreciation to the artist who had
    chosen those touching lyrics is undeniable!

    Yes, u r the ONE! artist here..and all ur
    writings…where i could feel and sense a special glamor reflecting the soul and mind of an identical
    and a real artist!

  4. These are words I do not deserve :) I am just a humble observer.

    And remember: “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. So, when you see beauty, it’s because your eyes are beautiful :)

    Thanks again Dr. Aida for the generous words and the visit :)

  5. Thanx 4 ur decent responses Dearest Mayada:)
    am really touched by ur writings:) and by who u r:)
    as a unique young artist:)..i should declare:)

    by u.. personally wise:)..can u answer me young artist
    why r u distracted sweetie?!

    Nothing on Earth deserves that hunch:).. we r asking u to shine and to keep on exploring more of ur yet-hidden talents:)


    I assume am turning my face and guts towards u:)..telling u became one of ur fans!!!!:)

    though u r so much younger!

    Mayada expecting more of ur talented touches:)

  6. I am honored for having you as one of my blog visitors :) Hope you’ll always find something to touch you deep within.

    There are many, many things in life that work as distractions. Endless things to do, infinite knowledge to learn, yet too limited time!

    Oh, a fan?! :) This is more than I deserve :)

    Thank you very much for your sweet words :)

  7. Great Blog!……There’s always something here to make me laugh…Keep doing what ya do :)

  8. Flattered :D Thank you very much for the uplifting comment :)

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