How Many Of Baz Luhrmann’s “Wear Sunscreen” Life Lessons Did You Actually Follow?

What the hell have you been doing, Class of 99??

1. It’s been 15 years since Baz Luhrmann released “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”.

The song was based on Mary Schmich’s commencement speech essay in the Chicago Tribune.

  1. You've had plenty of time to take the advice onboard, so how many did you actually do?
    1. 1 Wear sunscreen.
    2. 2 Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth.
    3. 3 Don’t worry about the future.
    4. 4 Do one thing every day that scares you
    5. 5 Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts.
    6. 6 Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.
    7. 7 Floss.
    8. 8 Don’t waste your time on jealousy.
    9. 9 Remember the compliments you receive.
    10. 10 Forget the insults.
    11. 11 Keep your old love letters.
    12. 12 Throw away your old bank statements.
    13. 13 Stretch.
    14. 14 Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life.
    15. 15 Get plenty of calcium.
    16. 16 Be kind to your knees.
    17. 17 Don’t congratulate yourself too much.
    18. 18 Don’t berate yourself.
    19. 19 Enjoy your body.
    20. 20 Use it [your body] every way you can.
    21. 21 Don’t be afraid of it.
    22. 22 Or what other people think of it.
    23. 23 Dance.
    24. 24 Read the directions.
    25. 25 Do not read beauty magazines.
    26. 26 Get to know your parents.
    27. 27 Be nice to your siblings.
    28. 28 Understand that friends come and go.
    29. 29 Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle.
    30. 30 Live in New York City once.
    31. 31 Leave before it makes you hard.
    32. 32 Live in Northern California once.
    33. 33 Leave before it makes you soft.
    34. 34 Travel.
    35. 35 Accept certain inalienable truths.
    36. 36 Respect your elders.
    37. 37 Don’t expect anyone else to support you.
    38. 38 Don’t mess too much with your hair.
    39. 39 Be careful whose advice you buy.
    40. 40 Be patient with those who supply it.

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Richard James is the UK news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
 
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