gotta read this!

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Posted: 15 September 2004 at 11:31am | IP Logged
Dear friends:

Following is a very famous speech by Kurt Vonnegut, a
very famous scholar. It was given to the graduating
class of 97 of MIT. It is interesting... it is
different... u might enjoy reading it...

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97.

Wear Sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future,
sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of
sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the
rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my
own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice

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 pm on
some idel Tuesday. Do one thing every day that scares


Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't
put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're
ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and,
in the end, it's only with yourself. Remember
compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you
succeed in doing this, tell me how. Keep your old love
letters. Throw away your old bank statements.


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. Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to
your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone. Mayber
you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have
children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40,
maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th
wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't
congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself
either. Your choices are half chance. So are
everybody's else's.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Dont' be
afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's
the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your
living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you
feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll
be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're
your best link to your past and the people most likely
to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a
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 who knew you
when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes
you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave
before it makes you soft. Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths. Prices will rise.
Politicians will philander. You, too will get old. And
when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were
young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble,
and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you
have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse.
But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time
you're 40 it will Look 85. 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.

deadly Senior Member

Joined: 24 May 2004
Posts: 533

Posted: 18 September 2004 at 1:05pm | IP Logged
Cool ! I should it send it to my principal as my graduation day is coming soon !!! I wonder what the school reaction will be when he read out this.
*Anjali* IF-Dazzler

Joined: 13 August 2004
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Posted: 18 September 2004 at 3:13pm | IP Logged
wow, very inspiring. Thanks for that current!
current IF-Rockerz

Joined: 21 July 2004
Posts: 6170

Posted: 18 September 2004 at 4:57pm | IP Logged
you r welcome!Big smile
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