everybody’s free (to wear sunscreen)

So I was following some links yesterday and stumbled upon the 1999 spoken-work hit “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen).” I’m sure you’ve heard it, or at least have read it. (If not, it was actually a column by Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune titled, “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young.”)

Anyway, I listed to the “song” again, and read the article, and while all of it continues to strike me as amazing and true, there was one section that I found quite apt @ this point in my life (and maybe in yours, too):
“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.”

So I choose not to feel guilty and instead sing, dance, stretch, floss, and wear sunscreen.


5 Responses to everybody’s free (to wear sunscreen)

  1. Peg Bjorlin says:

    Great advice to yourself. By all means DO NOT feel guilty.
    And PLEASE do sing, dance, strech, floss and wear sunscreen.
    I know a 54 year old that really doesn’t know what to do with his life. Add LAUGH and HAVE FUN to your list.

  2. jnsnyde says:

    This was an interesting post. Mary Schmich happens to be my favorite columnist. And I have had that article posted on my bulletin board for a long time. haha. coincedences, gotta love em. later, jen

  3. sandrar says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

  4. zegmaarwim says:

    Bumped into your blogpost while looking for some “advice for life”. We sometimes wonder “what the hell am I doing with my life” and exactly this quote is what keeps my head up high.

    Thanks for reminding me and inspiring me!

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