19 julio 2009

Wear Sunscreen

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97.

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, 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.

You are 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 bubble gum.

The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind,

The kind that blindside you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day 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 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 of what other people think of it.

It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.


Even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines.

They will only make you feel ugly.

"Brother and sister together we'll make it through,
Someday a spirit will take you and guide you there
I know that you're hurting but I've been waiting there for you
and I'll be there just helping you out
whenever I can..."

Get to know your parents.

You never know when they'll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings.

They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go,

but with a 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 who knew you 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'll 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.

"Brother and sister together we'll make it through,
Someday a spirit will take you and guide you there
I know that you're hurting but I've been waiting there for you
and I'll be there just helping you out
whenever I can..."

Everybody's Free, Everybody's Free

To Feel Good!

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* Philosophia Perennis *

  • "Todas son mentiras, no mentiras mias, mentiras del arte que represento; porque todas las artes mienten. Yo no le creo jamás a los poetas, son tan mentirosos... Claro que me encanta que me mientan, lo hacen tan bellamente" (René Lavand)
  • "Soy Máximo Décimo Meridio,capitán del ejercito Phoenix, general de las tropas del norte, padre de un hijo asesinado, esposo de una mujer asesinada, y encontraré mi venganza en esta vida o en la otra" (Gladiator)
  • "La única misión del artista es convencer al mundo de la verdad de su propia mentira" (Pablo Picasso)
  • "Escúchame Truman... Ahí fuera no hay mas verdad que la que hay en el mundo que he creado para ti" (The Truman Show)
  • "No se trata de romper ventanas, ni farolas, ni de caras, mejor romper conciencias equivocadas" (Macaco)
  • "...y cuando vuele, dile a la luna que me escuche; contaré que sus consejos son el arma para que yo luche" (Nach)
  • "Buenos días... y por si no volvemos a vernos: benos días, buenas tardes y buenas noches" (The Truman Show)
  • "Siempre fiel a sus principios, pero nunca fiel a sus finales" ("Aquel chico...")
  • “No pienses que puedes, sabes que puedes.” (The Matrix)
  • "Pase lo que pase, no dejes de ser tú mismo." (Billy Elliot)
  • "No hay preguntas sin respuestas, sólo preguntas mal formuladas" (The Matrix)
  • "Los honestos son inadaptados sociales." (Les Luthiers)
  • "Elección. El problema es la elección" (The Matrix)
  • "Puede que yo no sea muy listo, pero si sé lo que es el amor." (Forrest Gump)
  • "Todo tiempo pasado fue anterior." (Les Luthiers)