Do you know that song, "Everyone's Free (to Wear Sunscreen)" by Baz Luhrman? It was taken from Mary Schmich's Chicago Tribune column about what she'd say if invited to be a commencement speaker for the class of '97. It's a recitation of some of Mary's wry advice set to a cool beat. You should download it if you've never heard it.
Anyway, it has some great advice -- one of my favorite pieces being :
"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. "
My friends and I never realized this in high school -- that we were at the peak of our energy levels -- and things were so ripe with possibility. Sure, when you get older the possiblities are there, but you have to work so much harder to generate the energy. ;) I'm just saying you don't see a whole lot of 70 year-olds pulling all nighters to work on a project, or partying until dawn.
So enjoy your strength and energy and realize how beautiful you are. Don't accept what others tell you you are -- be what you will be. Enjoy yourself -- don't nitpick about the things you don't like about yourself! Everyone has them. Realize that you're great the way you are.
I guess that's what (in my 30's) I'm beginning to learn. If only I'd known it back then...
Do you know that song? What advice stands out for you?
Hugs, Beautiful Peeps!
Heather Davis is the author of
Never Cry Werewolf
Coming from HarperCollins in April 2009
What I'm reading: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (Dark faeries, a hot human protector, and intrigue) It's great!