fripodding and graduating: “everybody’s free (to wear sunscreen)” – baz luhrmann


‘Tis the season for graduating. So I found it fitting to have this song/video/spoken word piece for this post.

When I was younger and first heard this “song”, I found it kinda funny in somewhat of a sophomoric immature kinda way, to be honest. And I think a lot of my friends found it to be more on the silly side too. But we were young kids then (about 10-11 years ago), and we didn’t understand truly what was being said here. I don’t want to get into specifics about who wrote it, why… but I do want to just reflect that what’s said still rings true today. These words to live by, if you will. And I hope you do.

Call me crazy, but I started listening to this over and over again one day, almost committing it to memory. Why? For one thing, things like this sound so poetic to me, and I’m a sucker for poetry. Another thing, these are wise words that should be remembered and passed down. Lastly, I plan to write my own version of this. Maybe not necessarily Chris Rock style comedy, but something nonetheless to show that I’ve garnered some wisdom over these years that I can share with others.

And this is, in a sense, a message to a graduating class, letting them know what to expect in life. And since it’s graduating season (for college, anyway), I felt that this would be an appropriate send off. Besides all of that, I had recently heard this about a month ago and have been waiting to post a friPod about it. This seemed like an opportune time more than any, so why not?

So I’d like to say to those graduating (high school, college, business school, etc), congratulations! Wear sunscreen and live your life to the fullest. I’m more than sure many of you have many goals and dreams you’d like to accomplish and it’s my hopes, dreams and prayers that you do indoob succeed. Perhaps next year around this time I will have Oh, the Places You’ll Go committed to memory instead, but my message would remain the same. Namaste!

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