Saturday, May 17, 2008

Baz Luhrman and I dispense advice

The first time i listened to 'Everybody Should Wear Sunscreen' by Baz Luhrman on Rick Dees show, i thought to myself, "What sound advice this is!".
I suppose anyone can sit down and give u nuggets of wisdom, but every line here seemed to make sense.
And if only one could take it all in and apply it!

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 or reliable then my own meandering experience.

Okay, it starts off funny, and straight away, you know this is not a song that sits on its own high horse!

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, nevermind, you won't 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.

One of the reasons i try to do almost eveything my spirit and soul lead me to do, is because i do not want to wake up when i am 5o, and regret NOT doing something.
A lot of times, we forget how powerful we are, what strength lies in being YOUNG.
The mind stays active forever i believe, as long as you keep stimulating it; but the body will shut down. So while the mind and the body are active, why not give them something to talk about?

Oh, and this is so right.
When i look at pictures of myself in secondary school or university, i really have to ask myself,
"Kini Big Deal?".
Cos back then, i might have thought i was not looking great, but the pictures tell me i was fab. And no, you are never as fat as u 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.

Cos really, what does worry acheive?

The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind: the kind that blindsides you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

This line makes me laugh.
For in its own way, it is true you know?

Do one thing every day that scares you.

It is not that easy oh.
Not just something you are uncomfortable with, but one thing, every day that totally scares you?
I have tried to obey this instruction.
It might be saying stuff that scares me, ldoing something that scares me, or going somewhere that scares me.
BUt i broaden that; i do not focus on 'fear'. Sometimes, i do one thing that i would normally not do, or react in some way i would usually not react.

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts; don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Never. Be. Reckless. With. Peoples. Hearts.
And please o ye people, DO NOT allow other people be reckless with yours.
For we allow people have control over us.
We allow them hurt us, we allow them break our hearts, we allow them make us feel small, we allow them do anything. But if we do not give them that power, then they cannot take it!
But remember, don't go around hurting people either.

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.

SPEECH brother!
I mean, this is word.
Jealousy just kills you, you know. It is like this black ball in your heart that won't move. And when you let go, you realise that you don't know why you took yourself through all that.
And as for the race being only with yourself, that is the ultimate truth my friends.
I mean, why are you trying to be richer than... as opposed to rich?
Prettier than...
as opposed to Pretty?
Why do you want to get the promotion before...
Instead of just getting your promotion.
Life might be a competition and a race, but it is with only yourself.
And here is a quote i live by-


Remember compliments you receive; forget the insults. (if you succeed in doing this, tell me how).

Ha. Ha. Ha.
He gives you great advice, but in the same breath, he lets you know that he does not in any way, think it is easy.
Why do we spend time mulling over some insult we were given, but then quickly forget when people give us compliments?
How come if ten people tell us our bag is nice, and one person says they don't like it, then we focus on that one person?
What is it about us that makes us yearn more for the put down than hang on to the holding up?
I ask questions even i have no answer to, or antidotes for.
So i will say as well, when you succeed, 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.

I so want to get married.
But maybe i won't
ANd is it such a bad thing people?
Who knows what lies ahead?
WHo knows what's best?
Thankfully, GOD knows.

Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself, either. Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's.

When you do something right, enjoy it. THen move on.
When you make a mistake, rue it, then move on.
Stop hanging on to every victory and every setback.
Since we can never be certain, any decision we make could have gone either way, and you do not know what lies further down right?
SO remember, there are no good or bad or perfect decisions; just choices that work.

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 no where 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.

AMEN to that brother!

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 what a precious few should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps and 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.

Since i live in Nigeria, i will say this for i firmly believe it.
Live in Lagos once, Live in Abuja once.
I however fear that neither city lets you go once they get a hold of you!


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.

We always sit around and talk about how the kids growing up now aren't going to enjoy certain things, and are more exposed than we were.
We remember NEPA fondly, and think about when coke was N20.
And then we listen to our parents talk about their time.
Brother, let us just say, that conversation happens from generation to generation!

Respect your elders.

Respect your elders.
In some situations, it is not that easy, but respect your elders.
But someone please tell me, who are my '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 are 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 wishing 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, I'm the sunscreen.

Trust US on the sunscreen.


  1. I think i heard the London version of this, It was awesome .We most def need a Lagos version.
    About the marriage thing. I think that is great advice.Too many people are obsessed with Marriage. The whole Cinderella,Sleeping Beauty myth.
    They forget that after the wedding ends, the crowds disappear, the lovely dresses go back in the wardrobe and the party ends LIFE BEGINS.
    Don't get it twisted im not against marriage i'm all for it. Can't wait to find that special someone who brings out the best in me and at the same time would not tolerate me acting like a PRAT( that is British slang that pretty much means a****e). Call me crazy but Mrs Cosby kinda wife is my fantasy. If i were to pick a desperate housewife contrary to popular expectation Lynette would be my choice (even if Gabby is a total hottie,lol)
    We have been programmed by society that we need to get married, and if you aren't by a certain age something is wrong with you.
    Divorce figures beg to differ
    Marry for the right reason, not because you are scared of being alone, or feel that you are getting old. Become the kind of person you are looking for. There is no such thing as "your other half"
    I don't know about y'all but i don't want to marry someone who is missing half of themselves,lol

  2. hey can i get the full transcript of the "wear sunscreen" where did you find it? i keep saying but i really ave been looking everywhere for it....