Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97
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.
You will not understand the power
and beauty of your youth until they've faded.
You are not as fat as you
Don't worry about the future.
The kind that blindside you at 4
pm on some idle Tuesday.
The race is long and, in the end,
it's only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive.
If you succeed in doing this,
tell me how.
Throw away your old bank
Be kind to your knees.
You'll miss them when they're
Maybe you'll dance the funky
chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary.
or berate yourself either.
So are everybody else's.
Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it.
It's the greatest instrument
you'll ever own.
Even if you have nowhere to do it
but your living room.
They will only make you feel ugly.
You never know when they'll be
gone for good.
They're your best link to your
past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
but with a precious few you
should hold on.
the more you need the people who
knew you when you were young.
Live in "Northern California" once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Politicians will philander.
You, too, will get old.
prices were reasonable,
politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.
Maybe you have a trust fund.
Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse.
But you never know when either
one might run out.
but be patient with those who
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.
To Feel Good!
[PAST . PRESENT . FUTURE]
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