Summer Saturday cartoon: Mary Schmich on life, love, and sunscreen

Writer Mary Schmich said her essay "Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young", which appeared in the Chicago Tribune in June of 1997, was the commencement address she would give if she were asked to give one. Australian director Baz Luhrmann set it to music -- "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)" performed by Quindon Tarver of Plano, Texas -- and the collective effort became a classic.

"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 sunscreen."


It's too bad we can't go back in time and pour such wisdom into the ears of our younger selves. And our kids aren't listening, same as we weren't. ;)

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