‘Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen’.

I’ve been wanting to write this blog post for a while now. It’s actually been sat in my drafts for ages.

But very recently something devastating happened to those closest to me and this post really resonated, and I felt it was right to publish it.

Basically, I think sometimes we all just need to take a minute, to stop and look around and see where we are. To really appreciate what we’ve done, and to enjoy the moment.

I know that sounds cliché. It probably is cliché.

But it’s cliché for a reason.

I think that we do not always take the time to appreciate life enough.

I am on the opposite side of the world to my home, I am traveling with my boy friend, my best friend, my sister has just arrived too, as well as alongside all the amazing people I have met now and through the years.

The other month when I was fretting about a job, and money, the usual, I just had a moment of clarity.

I was like fucking hell Becca just stop and see where you are, stop worrying and enjoy this whilst you can.

Everything will sort it self out, and in all honesty it does.

That is not to say it just happens, hard work and determination do pay off.

I have worked to save my money, I have put in the time to organize my trip, my days and weeks here in Australia, to getting a job.

I searched for a flat I loved, me and my boyfriend are putting in the time to save the money to pay for rent and do nice things.

So it doesn’t just happen.

But, I now fully appreciate where I am, who I am with, and what it takes to do this.

I have made new friends, gotten a new job, and am financially supporting myself.

This makes me very happy.

I fit in yoga, running, swimming, eating food out I love, drinking with friends, finding new things to see around my long hours.

But sometimes this all gets away from us when we are working 35 hour weeks, in a shit job, and you’re tired.

So take just one minute, appreciate how far you’ve come, or what you are doing to get where you want to be.

Or do what I do, every so often listen to Baz Luhrmann-Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen, that is basically where I get my life  lessons from.

Originally an essay written by columnist Mary Schmich, it gives advice of how to live a happy life and get over common things that frustrate us.

Here are some of my favourite lines:

‘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.’

‘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…’

‘Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.’

‘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.’

‘Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, Maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.’

Okey, yes, I have a fair few favourite lines, and even that was hard to whittle down.

So, do you get the idea?

For me, it’s stopping and thinking from time to time, listening to that song, going to the beach, watching a brand new sun set, and really appreciating where I am.

For you it might be something else.

In the last for days I’ve had to force myself to do these things and appreciate, because it’s really easier said than done, and it’s sad that it sometimes takes a tragedy to make us realize these things.

Now, go and listen to Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen, go on.

Go to your favourite spot, or go talk to your favourite person. Listen to your favourite songs, take a long walk, drink good coffee, go see a band.

Think about those little things in life, and appreciate them.

Because what I have found lately is that yes, it is true, life is too short and shit things happen when you least expect it.

So the only thing we can do is appreciate where we are, who we are with right now and the friends and family we have wherever they may be.

‘Til next time. ???

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  • Good post! I agree with most of what you say… except that I’m allergic to sunscreen ahahah! We often overcomplicate things, take other great things for granted and forget to take the time to appreciate what we have.

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