ana.words, If you succeed in doing this, tell me how

ana.words, If you succeed in doing this, tell me how
22. Mai 2007 tbz
In Allgemein
fast zehn jahre ist's schon her
da spukte ein text durch 
die virtuelle welt.
er wurde kurt vonnegut zugeschrieben
stammt aber tatsaechlich von der kolumnistin mary schmich.
(und die machte, nicht dumm, spaeter ein buch draus)

baz luhrmann vertonte den text 99
everybody's free (to wear sunscreen)
gibt auch ne deutsche version, nett anzuhoern

dank an eriz, der den text einsandte
und mich staunend erkennen liess
dass wir ihn nie gepostet haben ;-)

eine deutsche uebersetzung:


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, 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

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but 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 blindside you at 4 pm on some idle

Do one thing every day 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 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


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 of 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 living

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel

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 with a 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 who knew you 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. Travel.

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.