I went to a memorial service for a friend the other day, and the ‘Sunscreen Song’ by Baz Luhrmann was one of the songs that was played during the service. I really enjoyed it (again), and so I went in search of it online. Interestingly, I found out that it wasn’t actually written by Baz Luhrmann, nor was it written by Kurt Vonnegut, to whom it is apparently often misattributed. It was actually written in 1997 by a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Mary Schmich – you can view the original article here.
The piece that I really enjoy goes like this: “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.”
There’s also the Baz Luhrmann version if you prefer that: