‘Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young’

‘Wear sunscreen. (…)

 

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 blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

 

Do one thing every day that scares you.

 

Sing.’

 

Uit: Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young, een Chicago Tribune column van Mary Schmich (1 juni 1997)

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