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I was listening to the radio the other day and an old song I hadn’t heard in years came on.

 

I didn’t really like it at the time, but I was only 17 when it came out and how you feel about songs and their meanings obvisouly changes as we change.

 

Twas ‘Everbody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)’ by Baz Lurman.

 

I’ve tweaked the lyrics ever so slightly to make it a message I want to share.

 

Not that I’m against people wearing sunscreen, but it’s not really an area I’m passionate about, I must say.

 

So, here we have ‘Everybody’s Free (To Eat Real Food)’ by Jon Hall:

 

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of 2014

 

Eat real food

 

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, real food would be it

 

The long-term benefits of real food have been proved by scientists

 

Whereas the rest of my advice has no basis or 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 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 blindsides 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

 

Floss

 

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

 

Stretch

 

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 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’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 a precious few, who should hold on

 

Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle

 

For as the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young

 

Live in Manchester once but leave before it makes you hard

 

Live in the Peak District 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 real food

 

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A bit of fun sure, but there’s some great messages in there.

 

Hope you find it useful.

 

Here’s a link to the original song if you want a listen – www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQlJ3vOp6nI

Much love,

 

Jon ‘I should probably wear sunscreen too’ Hall and Matt ‘No sun in Buxton’ Nicholson

 

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