Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen)

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. Never mind. 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 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 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. 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 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 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 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, 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.

Mary Schmich
Chicago Tribune



Keep the Spark Alive!!

Everyday when I lie down on the bed, I think about my life. Where it is going? What do I want from it? Sometimes I feel like I am lagging behind because I have lost track. I believe that I shall find the way soon.

Like a fish catcher, I have been waiting for the big fish. But, I have been unlucky with my fate until now. I believe that the time has come to dive into the deep waters and catch the biggest fish yet again.

I have seen dreams. Some of them became a reality; some of them came to my mind and went away after the night is over. Perhaps the efforts required to keep them alive was missing.

I have drawn a circle in my life and I have been running around it everyday without even thinking why I am running. I cannot stop because that will be end of everything. Weather changes during the continuous run. Sometimes its spring and sometimes it becomes a cold winter. When spring comes I think about the winter and when winter comes I cannot think about anything.

Now, I want to free myself as I am tired of aimlessness. So I have to run so fast that I defy the centripetal force. If I succeed I shall be out of the vicious circle and may be I would leave a trail. I will not talk about failures because now I want keep only one option for me and that’s success. I have a dream; I have a goal; I believe in it. The fire within me is ready to take on anything. Either I would wither away or I would turn into ashes anything that comes my way.

So, everyday when you wake up try to remember what you saw a night before. If you do remember your last dream, you have a goal for today. Go get it…

Keep the Spark Alive!!


Out of time

I crave for a dream,
But in my head, the dreams scream,

I sit straight,
Wide awake,

Suddenly I find myself,
Driving a metal machine,

Have to reach the finishing line,
Within the minimum time,

Right Left and Up in the sky,
That’s  all I’ve to try,

I accelerate,
On and On and On,
But can’t see the finishing line,

Then a message flashes in the sky,
Telling me that I am out of time,

In the hustle bustle, I forget to give heed,
To an obstacle inescapable at this high speed,

My mind loses control,
I cover my face,
To protect myself from the fatal blow,

Scared out of breath,
I uncover my face,

Still sitting on the chair,
I ‘m alive safe and sound,

Sure of one thing in my mind,
That I’d not lose my mind,
When I run out of time.