Everybody’s Free

Wear Sunscreen or the Sunscreen Speech are the common names of an essay actually called “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young” written by Mary Schmich and published in the Chicago Tribune as a column in 1997.

Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen By Mary Schmich

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; 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 imagine.

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.

Sing!

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours. –Baz Luhrmann

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Advice, like youth, is probably just wasted on the young :) #forwardsteps http://www.forwardstepsblog.com/2009/05/everybodys-free

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