"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." — E.B. White

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Do not read beauty magazines

I got nuttin' today... 
I was really lookin' forward to sharin' some fun news, but the whole east coast got rained out.
It made me a bit melancholy.
So what's a girl to do but work on her bloggers butt and visit friends... 
Specifically, I went straight to my all time favorite;
Jayme always makes me snort out loud. She's doin' a hilarious question n answer series this week. I'd not seen it earlier so had lots to catch up on. 

She's the perfect combination of serious n silly and HONEST.
Lately she blogged about what she wants to be when she grows up...
Anyways. All her deep thought sharin' got me thinkin'.
But I'm serious n sappy and not original so immediately what came to mind is this
    Youtube Sunscreen speech set to music

Do you remember this???
 I'm very, very blessed to have a wise mother who shared similar sentiments with me when I fretted about my future. Lately the future seems a bit uncertain to me again. Our dear friend holds her baby MacKenzie  and my heart is breaking. Jayme and "Sunscreen"  help heal me. 

In August 1997, e-mail enthusiasts burned up cyberspace sending each other the text of a commencement address said to have been delivered by Kurt Vonnegut, author of "Slaughterhouse Five" and other works. It was surely the most popular speech Kurt Vonnegut never wrote or delivered. As it happens, the sunscreen speech was actually a column written by Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich. Here is "the speech."

Wear Sunscreen

By Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '98: 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. 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 blind side you at 4 PM 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.


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.

So that's it. I'm thinkin' bout life,  Kenzie,  feelin beautiful just the way I am after forgetting my sunscreen too often and Jayme & Glenco doing the funky chicken dance on their anniversary. Cause you know they just might. And that's why I keep reading!


Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

Oh my goodness gracious. You have no idea how YOU have blessed ME with this. I'm sitting here feeling bloated, old, overtired, and I come here and read this. I adore it. Thank you Leslie. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Prayers with MacKenzie and her family. We lost two home school moms from cancer this week and one 19 year old in a car wreck....makes you want to hold life more precious and less serious
Love the list....that is great! It lightens the day!!!
Thanks...sorry my post have been more on the heavy side right now (except painting the barn)...but that is where God has me....come back on Saturday, it is an answer back to one of your post!
Celebrate Life...Enjoy!!!!

Konnie said...

Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog. It does help. Some times we wonder if our comments are even read but I wanted you to know I read it and really appreciated it.

Mandy said...

I love Jayme too:) I need to copy that advice!! And maybe actually get around to following some of it! Blessings to you!

Windy Meadows Farm said...

Thank you for the sweet reminder of what's really important.