Everybody’s Free

December 1st, 2003 by Tony

Un benvenuto a tutti al mio nuovo blog… come nella vita vera, anche qui mi sono trasferito in casa della Gatta. biggrin.gif

Come messaggio di benvenuto, vi posto questa vecchia canzone… sempre utile.

Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
(Baz Luhrmann)

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99
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, 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


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 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
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 what other people think of it,
It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.

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 good.

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.

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4 Responses

  1. Skylark Says:

    Vi ho linkato nel feedreader. Il link nel blog l’ho lasciato perdere, sia perché non serve, sia perché, come dicevo a Black cat, prima o poi sarà inevitabile sganciarsi da queste piattaforme alla mercè dei venti.

  2. Graziella Says:

    Beh! Che dire. Vi siete dati a un bel impegno.. chissà quanto c’avete trafficato! Ora aggiorno anche il tuo di link. Ciao Tony

  3. standby Says:

    tremendi!! :)

  4. Graziella Says:

    Quello che avete fatto è bellissimo! Voi due e Rolli, veramente wow. Ed è anche un bellissimo gesto nei confronti di quello che è successo a Rolli in questi giorni! Bravi tutti!

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