>Nothing much today.

3 May

>I am a bit overwhelmed with things today.  Lots going on so I haven’t arted much.

But was reminded of this, and thought I’d share.  Good stuff here.  It’s a good one to print out and remember from time to time.

Wear Sunscreen
By Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’98: Wear sunscreen.

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’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 now 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 an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blind side you at 4 PM on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day 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 yourself.

Remember 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. Whatever 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 of 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 your 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 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 who knew you 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’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.

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.


11 Responses to “>Nothing much today.”

  1. Mynx May 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    >Wise words.Love this and used it myself in a post not long agoSometimes it is good to have less frantic and productive daysTime to just breathe and perhaps smell the flowers

  2. Cheeseboy May 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    >I remember this. Funny, I had tucked this "song" away in my brain until now. Thanks for bringing it out.

  3. Lovkyně May 3, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    >first time i heard this was as a song, too. it was on a cd sampler in a magazine i bought from the grocery store.

  4. Pam Tucker May 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    >I remember this! I LOVED it!! Thanks for posting it. 🙂

  5. mice_aliling May 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    >Thanks for reminding! I loved this!!!

  6. Jules May 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    >Good one, Rabbit! Enjoyed the read.

  7. Kate May 3, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    >Words like this brighten my day. Thank you.Hope things become less overwhelming and more manageable soon.I look forward to your next piece of art, as always.Kate x

  8. Pearson Report May 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    >Wonderful post – I have not read this before. I'm glad you're sharing it!I will pass it on to my daughter, for these are wise words.As always, dropping by your place is a highlight as I make my blogging rounds, for I never know what will great my eyes. Your every changing Header fascinates me – how do you do it? It's amazing!I really loved this post – again, because it was so unexpected!Cheers, Jenny

  9. The Empress May 3, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    >Thanks for posting these lovely words of wisdom. They certainly help put life into perspective. xo

  10. David Allen Waters May 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

    >wise words, we could all learn a thing or two from this 🙂

  11. Oilfield Trash May 3, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    >I remember this.

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