Sunscreen

1 Jul

Semester two has begun!

I was at a Girls’ Brigade camp that took place in the last week of the school holidays. Despite my apprehension about spending three days and two nights in school during vacation time, it turned out to be both humbling and rejuvenating (spiritually, if not physically). The day depicted above was one of rare sunlight, glorious spurts of wind and valiant and rewarding attempts to get our self-made kites in the air.

Remember Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”? I heard it on the radio while driving home from Bible study today and it’s really impressive, isn’t it, that a five-minute speech could hit the Billboard charts, in a world with a rapidly shrinking attention span.

Here are two parts that I don’t think I understood back in 1999 but do now:

(i) Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

(ii) 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.

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