Wear Sunscreen:


As I lay in savasana, tears started to surface from my lids...not tears of sadness but tears of realization and clearance.  I was feeling emotions that I didn't necessarily want to deal with, but needed to...to heal.  We cannot heal without feeling the pain first.  The ache is part of the deeper process of healing...and then helped me mentally prioritize all the most important slices in my life and how I would strive to bake them next in my pie of life.  Every piece floated through my mind as I whimpered on and off trying to keep quiet and not draw attention to my mat. 

Again, the tears were not of sadness but of strength and gratitude, even.  I had practiced a lovely hour of asana led by one of my dear friends, Margaret, & fellow yogi's.  I love her voice, her touch and her maternal aura in general.  Her classes are the perfect recipe of challenge and zen.  I thought to myself, "how clever is she to have placed this song in savasana"...I actually was wishing I had thought of something so brilliant.  It was genius and I relaxed and drifted into my subconscious yogi-rest paying gentle attention to Baz Luhrmann's wisodom.  Funny, I was class of 99... Hope it awakens something for you like it did me, afterall y'all...sharing is caring.  SPREAD THAT LOVE, BABY! Take a listen or simply read the lyrics below and see what comes up for you...is your pie a little differently organized, mentally, than it was before? hmmm...Namaste.

"Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '99
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 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 blindsides you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday
Do one thing every day that scares you

Sing Chorus*

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 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

Sing Chorus*

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 a precious few, who should hold on

Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle
For as the older you get, the more you need the people you knew 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


*Sing Chorus*



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