My attempt at the #sunscreenchallenge

01/06/2011 at 10:48 am (Uncategorized) ()

On this day in 1997, the words that were immortalised by Baz Luhrmann “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” are 14 years old.  The original article appeared in the Chicago Tribune entitled, “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young”.  The author, Mary Schmich set out to write a fictitious graduation speech. “Most of us, will never be invited to sow our words of wisdom among an audience of caps and gowns”.

She invited her readership to do the same, 14-years later we take up that mantle and the #sunscreenchallenge was born.  Each blogger spent 1-hour creating a graduation speech. Essentially, it’s the advice that they’d pass onto school leavers today based on their own life experience.

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It’s something that I’m reticent to volunteer, as everyone’s life experience and personality is different; what works for some doesn’t necessarily work for all. Saying that, I’ve picked up a few bits and pieces that have guided me through my life.

Swearing does not mean a stunted intellect.

Understand the difference between judging someone and your inbuilt defence mechanism. I’m more likely to be afraid of a gang of bored youths than a gang of bikers.

You can buy fashion but you can’t buy style.

The most good-looking people can appear ugly. Over time a person’s deeds will influence how you see them more than looks.

It’s okay to feel sorry for yourself now and again. You can’t help how you feel. Take a bit of time to throw yourself into it, scoff ice cream and wallow. Then dry your eyes and get back out there. If it keeps happening, ask for help.

In fact, as a general rule, if you need help ask anyway.

Beware of jargon. It’s sometimes okay to speak in buzzwords, but think in plain language.

Take time to answer a question. Gather your thoughts.

Not everyone’s comfortable body shape is the same.  Don’t rely on your weight as a guide for how you look and feel.  Listen to your body – it will tell you when you’re screwing up.

Finally, and above all, this is a piece of advice that a dear friend passed on to me about relationships. I’ve never forgotten it, and it’s true of any path you take. What you want changes. What you DON’T want never does.


1 Comment

  1. noneofthekingsmen said,

    Quite profound but without being too serious. Enjoyable read.

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