In my running update this week, I referenced the column of advice that was remixed into the most excellent Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen) by Baz Luhrman. Once it was in my head, I remembered what fabulous advice the song has, and I re-listened a couple of times.
Here are the bits that I have taken to heart and try to live by:
- 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.
- 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.
- Don’t expect anyone else to support you.
- 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.
- Understand that friends come and go,but for the precious few you should hold on.
And as a bonus, I adore the line: “Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.” But I took advice on that elsewhere rather than the song, and gave up Cosmo a long while ago.
Brilliant column/song, and almost all good advice.