It’s been almost 20 years (can you believe it) since “Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen)” by the wonderful Baz Luhrmann came into our ears, so I thought I would take a look at the advice this iconic song dispenses…
Baz says: “don’t read beauty magazines they will only make you feel ugly.”
Hands up how many of us rush out to get the latest copy of any of the fashion or diet mags only to become quietly depressed that we are nowhere near attaining the unattainable?
Baz says: “Don’t worry about the future or worry that know that worrying is as affective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum.”
How many of us let external influences have an impact on our outward-facing existence when really we need to take more heed of the inner quiet voice that often gets drowned out but which is always right …
Baz says: “Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind the race is long and in the end, it’s only with yourself.”
Always chasing your tail? What happens if you fall behind or worse still you’re late? Always trying to keep the proverbial balls in the air, with weekends and downtime packed to the rafters with things to do?
Baz says: “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.”
This goes back to the beauty magazines; your body is indeed the most powerful physical tool you will ever be in charge of. Don’t beat it up with faddy diets, treat it with respect. Don’t talk badly to yourself; if you wouldn’t say it to a stranger don’t say it to yourself! And if you want a bit of perspective, just imagine if you woke up one morning and couldn’t use it. It was out of commission, past it’s ‘use by’ date …
Baz says: “Understand that friends come and go but a precious few, who should hold on to.”
These are my personal favourite lyrics in the song. Do you ever question why people cross your path? How you become friends with someone for a short time and others have been with you forever. I am a firm believer that people do come in and out of your life to provide you with information, help and support at the time you need it and that even goes for those friends you’ve had since junior school. There is a reason for them to be in your life still and quite obviously it is meant to be.
Baz provides us with some great advice in this song and whether you believe that a song can have an impact on your life or not and indeed whether you choose to take that ‘advice’ or not is up to you. Freedom of choice and all that. BUT if you’re still scratching your head about the song and have NEVER heard it; where have you been? Check it out below.