I encountered this song a long, long time ago. At first I thought it was merely an article of some sort until I found the song. Some grains of truth. Pieces of advice do have to pick up to remind ourselves. Click on the link to listen to the song.

Everybody is Free (to wear sunscreen) Baz Luhrman

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. Never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have 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 bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm 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 what other people think of it, it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

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

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

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings; they are 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 for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography in lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

ive 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.

from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet music from the House of Iona, Something For Everybody


Trixie said...

this comment is off topic. saw your comment on superbianca's blog. grabe, was i surprised to see your name there. had to do a second-triple look at the name. and you really sounded like a fan... kung naging lalaki ka lang, para ka ng stalker... "i like your blog and i like you bianca". wahahahah grabe! c")

jishinka said...

hahaha! first time ko gawin yun ever! matagal ko na tinitingnan ung blog ni bianca kasi naaliw ako sa entries nya. tapos ang hilig pa nya magtravel. kilala ko din ung prof nya sa ateneo sa philo. kaya feeling ko konek kami. hahahaha!

kadiri nga un eh...i thought after posting. pero minsan ok lang din naman maging fan. wahahaha! totoo naman e. jologs din ako minsan.ü

jishinka said...

huy, trix! magblog ka na kaya. wala lang...kahit ano lang ilagay mo.ü

Trixie said...

hahaha. wag na. baka wala naman akong mailagay. ano ang ko-commentan mo kung blanko ang blog ko. friendster at multiply na lang. kung magawa ko yung multiply. wehehehe

berna said...

haha.. di mo mapapag-blog yang si trixie. the most na talaga is ung multiply nya. alam mo naman napaka-secretive nyan. heheh.. unlike tyong 2, gustung gusto ipagkalat sa buong mundo mga ginagawa natin. hahahah! joke!

nwy, on topic naman. oo. we really need sunscreen. keeps us young. haha! walang kwentang comment. pero naaliw ako sa entries. i've read this somewhere before. naaaliw ako talaga sa mga ganyan e. tipong mga life lessons na swak na swak! o sha. lang kwentang comment tlaaga. next time na lang. wala dito ang utak ko. =)

jishinka said...

hahaha! onga... alam mo ba minsan niloloko ako ng classmates kona ADHD kid dahil sa mga pens kong maraming kulay. (as in madami akong pens... name the color i have it.) ang mga me ADHD daw kasi dapat colorful ang surroundings para makaconcentrate. Huhuhu. Pero to the rescue naman ung classmate ko na psych grad, nde daw ako ADHD kid. Manifestation lang ung ng OC-ness ko.

shinare ko lang yan kasi nasabi mo na we share stuff to the whole world. hahaha! nde naman the whole world...Konti lang. Marami pa naman ako di nasheshare e. Hahaha!

barley said...


blog ka na ü

dami nag sabi sken mag blog...pero si shinka nka-pag push talag ü

fun naman, eh...ü