In the car yesterday I heard Baz Lurman’s Everybody’s Free to Wear sunscreen
I have heard it before of course, but not for many years and now I am in my mid-thirties it struck me as how true it is.
I wish I could share it with my niece as she grows up (she has just started school) and get her to really understand that it is true. She will look back on herself and see how beautiful she is and how full of potentiality.
When I was a teenager right through to my mid twenties there are very few photos of me anywhere, because I hated how I looked, I lived in baggy clothes (hurrah for grunge) and thought I was fat. Looking back of course I was thin (and underweight a lot of the time) and pretty. I just couldn’t see it at the time.
As for not reading beauty magazines as they make you feel ugly, well this is one thing I did learn years ago and has stuck with me, I don’t buy any of the trendy magazines at all and I think more women would be happy if they did.
And as for looking after your knees, you’ll miss them when you are gone, well as I am trying to rehabilitate my knee at the moment – I completely agree.
It was a beautiful sunny morning and I had just spent a couple of hours walking Buster in my favourite woods and so I was in a really good mood. And I have to say this song blindsided me and bought a small tear to my eyes. Have a listen and see what resonates with you. I wish that all young people could hear it, internalise and absorb what it is saying, it would save a lot of heartache.