Quintessential Timeless Advice.

This cult song/speech whatever you may want to call it so powerfully strong and effective.
I think if everyone spared a thought for each of idea in this piece, the world would be a better place.
This is for all my fellow fresh graduates. Espeically if you’re like me, lost, at a crossroad and having a general feeling of worthlessness. I think life is more than worrying yourself to death over this. Here is Baz Luhrmann.:)

Please watch the video here. It will definitely make a difference.

(unless you’re a mule-head) :P

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 nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years youll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you cant grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked…Youre not as fat as you imagine. Dont 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


Dont be reckless with other peoples hearts, dont put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Dont waste your time on jealousy; sometimes youre ahead, sometimes youre behind…the race is long, and in the end its 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.


Dont feel guilty if you dont know what to do with your life…the most interesting people I know didnt know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still dont.Get plenty of calcium

Be kind to your knees, youll miss them when theyre gone.

Maybe youll marry, maybe you wont, maybe youll have children, maybe you wont, maybe youll divorce at 40, maybe youll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…what ever you do, dont congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your choices are half chance, so are everybody elses.Enjoy your body, use it every way you can…dont be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, its the greatest instrument youll ever own.

Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you dont follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

49 second break in speech — Quindon singing

Get to know your parents, youll never know when theyll 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 in 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, price will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do youll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Dont 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.

Dont mess too much with your hair, or by the time its 40, it will look 85.

Be careful who 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 its worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen…

12 Responses to “Quintessential Timeless Advice.”

  1. Ah. I love this song. And the way he says it. So many things he says in this are so true…and so very Baz Luhrmannish. I have to say that I have become a proponent of sunscreen over the years. The video rocks. I miss this song. Most of all I miss how much easier and black and white life was then instead of the complicated mess that it is now.

  2. Yeah. I absolutely love it. It’s like all the advice you need poured into a little bottle, and sweetened with a lovely tune. If all life’s truths and good advice came in beautiful doses like these, it wouldn’t be all that hard to swallow, I guess. :) Life is complicated. Everywhere. And it is a mess. But a little love goes a long way, no? :P

  3. love this song. very insightful =)

  4. Wonder why he has random words like floss, sing, stretch etc in between.

  5. Melissa: heehee. yeah. i was hooked last time. now im hooked again. its a feel good song. :P

    Arun: Because those are random one word things that are important to do. It’s important to floss and stretch in order to avoid later pain. However.. the sing bit… i wonder if there is anyone who does not ever sing, not even alone, in privacy…

  6. Im not a fellow fresh grad..but that helped alot… =)

  7. Ambiga: yes dear. it’s a real feel good song. a good pick up and reality check for many of us. :) take care.

  8. A little love goes more than a long way. Some times I think it goes the whole way. All the way. And Arun, if you don’t think floss is important, maybe its because you don’t floss in which case hopefully we never meet. ;)
    Hehe. I’m kidding. But hey i’m with you on the singing High Priestess. I sing all the time, in public too sometimes, much to the embarressment of my friends. Singing cleanses the soul and takes your mind away from your troubles for that moment.

  9. Sorry, I wear false teeth, so no point flossing. Just drop them in a cup of cleaning solution everynight. And with singing, there’s a danger that the false teeth might fly out of my mouth halfway through. Wonder why he never mentioned ‘shower’ somewhere in the song.

  10. Music: hehehe yes it does go the whole way sometimes. Though i’m a little skeptical at the moment, but im sure i’ll get over it. I haven’t tried singing for my soul. i just do it to irritate the hell out of people around me. heehee maybe that feeds my soul… hmmm..

    Arun: GASP! you never told me!!! ah. i figure false teeth is something like contact lens…. hmm.. I’m getting a visual of your false teeth flying out of your mouth. Given the number of times you ran into a wall, I’m wondering how many times you’ve replaced your false teeth. ;)

  11. *cough* I ran into a wall only once (unintentionally!), but have had to replace my false teeth countless number of times. When you’ve had a few too many drinks, you start losing things like false teeth.

  12. maybe for your next thesis, you should look into attaching GPRS sytems on false teeth. heehee :P

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