Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen...

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.

If you’ve enjoy the blog - please RT the post, include the #sunscreenchallenge tag and find other blog posts using this hashtag.


I know few people who are worse at taking advice than I am. I often ask for it, I listen to it, nodding like the churchill dog but in the end I'll do whatever it is my gut tells me to do. No idea why I have ever listened to my gut feeling, I swear it has only ever got me into trouble. If I have a devil and an angel sitting on my shoulder then the devil certainly shouts the loudest.

But anyway, here I am dispensing my advice, what you do with it is your choice.

Appreciate, love and cherish your parents and grandparents. Get to know them, ask them things you might ask someone on a first date. I guarantee you'll find out something you didn't know about them. Do it before it is too late. Don't put them on a pedestal though. They are only human.

Look after your friends, they are the family that you choose for yourself. As with a real family there will be people you are closer to and then there will be the people you only really want to see on special occasions. Treasure them all and they will treasure you back.

Don't just associate with people that you would expect to get along with, move boundaries, break down barriers. You may just be surprised. I was and I am bloody thrilled.

Manage jealousy. It is no good saying 'don't be jealous', that is almost impossible and the people who say that they don't get envious / jealous are probably lying. Use it to your advantage. Go get whatever it is you would like, but not at the expense of anyone else.

Laugh. Laugh again. Keep laughing. Laughter will get you through the most difficult of situations. 'Laughter' is the best medicine of all. Surround yourself with funny people.

Cry. Cry whenever you want, wherever you want, in front of whoever you want. Let it all out. Use a handkerchief for added effect.

Don't believe anything you read in the press. Don't believe the government. If you accept we are told a tiny percentage of the truth then you can bob along quite happily. Ignorance is bliss. If you want to change that, get into politics.

There is no such word as 'unforgivable' everything is forgivable. No matter how hard or how difficult it may seem, it is always better to forgive.

Listen and learn in school. I think we go to school at the wrong time in our lives. I would much rather be learning now - but then again I don't know what we would do with the children. I was rubbish at school, I wish I could go back and start again.

Compliment people. "Your hair looks nice", "I love your aftershave" etc. A compliment is both good to give and to receive. Don't always expect a compliment back.

Talk. Talk about it. It is ALWAYS better to talk. Invite people to talk to you. Listen.

Maybe you're straight, maybe you're not. Maybe you're gay, maybe you're not. Maybe you're bi, maybe you're not. Whatever you are far fewer people mind than you think they do.

Always start at the beginning, it is a very good place to start.

Get an iPhone. Get a Mac. Seriously.

Explore. Everything and everything. Discovering and learning is impossibly exciting. Travel.

Learn to drive. The best thinking time is on your own down an open road.

Cook. Give it a go. Enjoy it. Don't stress about it. Hold a dinner party for friends. If you have a great group of friends the dinner party will be amazing no matter what the food is like.

Accept that everyone is a little bit racist.

Love isn't something you feel. It is something hard that you do.

Tell people that you love them. Tell people how you feel about them. Take a risk. Risk rejection. Don't expect an answer back. Not knowing is FAR worse than the possible rejection.

Exercise. A bit. If you love it, great, do more. If you don't, try and do something. Dance. Just frikin dance.

Love the Royals. At the very least respect Her Majesty the Queen, she has done more for this country than you can ever hope to. Plus she looks fabulous in a hat.

Go to church. Even if you are not religious. They are special places, seek the peace and history that they bring. Maybe just appreciate the architecture and if you believe, pray.

Accept that some people can't spell, don't know grammar inside out. No one likes a spelling / grammar Nazi. (disclaimer: I'm shit at spelling and grammar)

Read: Wikipedia. I've learnt more this way than through school. Probably means some of what I learnt isn't true. But hey thats half the fun.

Read books whilst listening to move soundtracks. It will make the story come alive. Try it. Go on.

Don't worry. Don't. Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but doesn't get you anywhere.

I wish I had taken all this advice. But it is not too late for me either.

Here are two more that I liked:


Paul said...

Loved this Chris. Fab advice.

A certain Mr Jobs may like one bit of your advice very much! ;-)

Kizzia said...

I too love this post. And will act on it. I will not be afraid to take the risk and love again.
Or cry in front of people
Or send you a virtual hug!

Anonymous said...

Chris, I really do appreciate this post. It has given me some insight and a positive outlook for the rest of the year. Thank you very much.

Stay handsome, genuine, and you. :-)

Aengus710 said...

Great Post Chris...

Anonymous said...

You are clearly self delusional and a hypocrite.. Your humor and practiced fake compliments bestowed on others is nothing more than just that a technique you have adopted from genuinely GOOD people you have known. you are a malicious and deeply disturbing character. your days are filled by giving empty compliments in order to satisfy your need to RECEIVE compliments. you have shown yourself to be a truly hateful person -not at all what you present. Beneath this facade is jealous and dare i say it (Evil character). You are a Narcissistic Psychopath and a Social Predator. In closing, a general warning to anyone that doesn't believe such people exist - they do, keep your mind open and your wits about you and ask yourself this - what do i truley know about this person and would i let this monster into my life?

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