Your choices are half chance

by statia on April 25, 2005

I posted the Lyrics to the song Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) a couple of years ago. And right now, I just think it bears repeating. To this day, I love this “song.” It always seems to pop up at a time in my life when I need it most. Karma seems to be kicking my ass lately, and then rolling on the floor laughing and pointing from the corner. It looks something like this:

It’s at this point, that I would love to scream “FUCK YOU KARMA” at the top of my lungs. Maybe throw some glass objects for satisfaction.

The other day, this song came on the radio, and I cried.

After the last three weeks just royally kicking our asses, disconnecting from the world was imperative to our sanity, and just imperative to us. A little retail therapy, a little dinner for our one year anniversary (next Sunday, we’ll be together one year, does time fly or what?) , and some amusement type fun. Let me tell you, my favorite way to enjoy an amusement park is when it’s almost an empty amusement park.

We just needed some us time, and we had a blast.

And now it’s back to monday and a little mellow-ness for you in the form of the “song”. Lyrics in the extend-o’-entry.

Baz Lurhman – Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen). (right click and save as, don’t make me kick your ass)

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;
oh nevermind; 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 everyday 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 the 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?
what ever 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 the 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 and lifestyle
because 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 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?


M@ April 25, 2005 at 8:15 am

I love that song/spoken word, I also have the book version with a forward by the lady that wrote the original article.

Faith April 25, 2005 at 8:40 am

God, I love that song. I wish they’d play it here…

fran April 25, 2005 at 10:02 am

i love you guys….

throwing glass is cool…

did you guys take a towel with you?

Lisa April 25, 2005 at 11:25 am

Happy 1 year! I hate that song. Don’t really know why but it bugs the crap out of me. I still love you though! :)

Melissa Dessaint April 25, 2005 at 1:29 pm

I guess I have been living under a rock because I have never heard that song but it was pretty cool!

Kim April 25, 2005 at 2:16 pm

My Husband and I will also have our 1 year on May 1st (not of marriage, but of meeting/dating, we got married 1/24/05)…Anyways, just wanted to say congrats! & I hope you start to feel better about your TiVO. I know I’m lame, but I actually named my cat TiVO, LOL…so sad.

martha April 25, 2005 at 2:24 pm

thanks… i needed this.

Annastazia April 25, 2005 at 3:27 pm

I’d forgotten all about that song and now that I’m graduating in two weeks, it’s incredibly appropriate and will be added to my Graduation Day Mix. Thank you. :-)

Southern Chaos April 25, 2005 at 5:01 pm

I too had forgotten about that song. It’s funny, I graduated high school in 97, and it sure didn’t have the meaning for me that it does now. I got tears in my eyes reading it all over again. Thank you for bringing this up, I must do a scrapbook page with these lyrics.

Deltus April 25, 2005 at 7:49 pm

Love that song. Thanks sporty!

Melissa April 26, 2005 at 7:47 am

Happy Anniversary! Good for you for taking the time to have a little fun.

Pamela April 26, 2005 at 4:24 pm

That was the FIRST time I’ve ever heard that song!

Here’s another “version” I remember…

martha April 27, 2005 at 6:07 am

just wanted to say thank you again. listening to this is helping me stay sane…

emma goldman May 2, 2005 at 11:41 am

Here’s the original column. The author is a columnist for the chicago tribune.

Tom May 3, 2005 at 1:02 pm

Judging my the styles of coach bags you have, you can tell you are west coast time.

something like this is more my style (plus I’m a dude, and that changes things)

Fraulein N May 3, 2005 at 1:50 pm

Thanks for posting that. I love that “song.”

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