I mentioned this in my latest video - and thought I would share it in a blogpost too! This is my favourite song (if you can call it that) of all time - purely because of the words.
The words originally came from a lady called Mary Schmich in 1997 who wrote a column imagining what advice she would give to graduates at a graduation ceremony. Please watch this video or read the words and really listen to them. I remember the first time I heard it in 1999 - over ten years ago on Now 43 ( I believe these albums are still going lol) I was sat in my best friend Karens living room - it was the year when we had first met each other, and we just sat and listened to every word. I love it as much now if not more than I did then; and I often listen to it just to reassure myself with these wise words.
Enjoy... Just press play, and scroll down reading the words :)
Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97:
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 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 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 p.m. 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 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 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'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.
Sunday, 28 February 2010
After a weekend of Dissertation Writing *yadda yadda* I fancied a bit of light relief, what better way than updating my blog?
I thought I'd brighten up my evening by sharing a few things that I'm loving at the minute :)
My hair colour of choice at the moment - Loreal Casting Creme Gloss in 713 Iced Latte.
This is akin to my natural; hair colour and covers nicely until I've managed to grow all of my bleached locks out! Can I also just note that after not being blonde for months now I can safely say I wont be returning to peroxide again. At first I longed to be blonde again but after the initial "I hate my hair" phase I really love my natural colour - most will say I look better blonde - hell maybe I would agree with them, but its just not worth the time money and damage :) Natural Locks For the Win!!
Marina and The Diamonds - The Family Jewels
This is possibly up there with my favourite albums and I've only had it a day! I know!! For me this album ticks all of the boxes, the lyrics are beautiful, the songs are very catchy and perfect sing a long material. I highly recommend you grab this album! Particular favourites are Are you Satisfied, I am not a Robot, Obsessions, Hollywood, Mowglies Road, Oh No... Yeah pretty much the entire album haha!
Bourjois 10 hour Sleep Effect Foundation
I've been using this foundation for a few weeks now after seeing Bubblegarm wearing it on her blog. I really like the effect this foundations gives on the skin, granted its not full coverage but I fancied something a little bit lighter after wearing Revlon Colorstay for months. I'm looking forward to trying the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation which I intend on picking up on payday ;)
I'm also adoring fashion and photography blogs of late a couple of my favourites are Dont Dance Naked and Hello Nikki - I'm hoping to get a DSLR for my birthday next week so I can start taking pretty pictures of my own :)
Hope you've had a great weekend!
Muchos Love xoxo
Sunday, 14 February 2010
So sorry I've been away for so long! I havnt disappeared I promise! I've just been majorly busy with uni - only a couple of months left now and the workload is seriously intense! I've also been working on a new website! Its a little bit different from my beauty blogging and is more focused on my personal day to day activities and healthy living (diet, lifestyle, exercise, recipes) its still under construction at the moment, and I'm currently adding recipes daily ( I have ALOT of recipes to add) which is taking forever as I dont have much spare time for anything these days!
My new website is www.notjustanotherdiet.com if you are interested go and bookmark it :)
I will be back! I havnt turned my back on beauty blogging! Only a couple more months left and Uni will be over!! I cant believe I'm actually saying it!! :)
Until then you can still find me on Twitter: kelanjo19 and Youtube: kelanjo19 - although Im not on there as much as I would like to be either!!
I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!
Hope you are all well!
Muchos Love Amigos! xoxo