Constantly floating in a lazy pool of tranquility, praise and agreement can leave one bored and out of shape,
having a constant flow of challenges, criticism, corrections and insults provides a current of negativity to swim against,
keeping one fit and constantly exercising your positivity,
as well as allowing you to find a good balance between humility and arrogance.
Outplay | Outwit | Outlast
by Jim Rider
From Baz Luhrmann’s – Everybody’s Free To 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…
As most of you who know me would know I rarely wear sunscreen!
I will dispense this advice now… and some thoughts of my own…
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 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…Boy howdy!!
You are not as fat as you imagine…hmmm, or I’m not as skinny as I 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
…but worry anyways, and prepare, trust me on this!
Do one thing everyday that scares you or not
Sing or not
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, outplay, outwit, outlast!
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
Stretch! and Sleep!
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 (sixty something) year olds I know still don’t
Get plenty of calcium and Vitamin D!
Be kind to your knees, (your hips and your back) 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…
what ever 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…(not!) even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room
Read the directions (never), 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 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 to
Work hard to bridge the gaps in 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 (no), but leave before it makes you hard
live in Northern California once, but leave (never) before it makes you soft
Travel before your too old to
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 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