Australian film director Baz Luhrman (‘Strictly Ballroom’, ‘William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet’, ‘Moulin Rouge’ and ‘Australia’) had a massive worldwide pop hit in 1999 with “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”.
I was reminded of its moment of brilliance after hearing it again for the first time in a while on YouTube.
The lyrics are taken from an article written by journalist Mary Schmich titled ‘ Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young’ and published in the Chicago Tribune in June 1997.
“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 be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.”