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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




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 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




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




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 –

Much love,


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


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