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Re: [MOL] Commencement Speech



Dear Kathy,

Wow that was a quick reply. I just posted this. Thank you for the reply.

God Bless
marty

> kcorrigan@chgw.com wrote:
> 
> Dear Marty:  Wow!  That was an excellent speech -- brilliant, in
> fact.  I've read a couple of his books and enjoyed them, although I
> thought he was nuts.  I don't anymore!  LOL  Love, Kathy
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
> [mailto:owner-mol-cancer@lists.meds.com]On Behalf Of Martin Auslander
> Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 1999 8:55 AM
> To: mol cancer
> Subject: [MOL] Commencement Speech
> 
> Good Morning My FRiends,
> 
> Thought you might enjoy this
> 
> This is the Commencement address that Kurt Vonnegut recently gave at
> MIT:
> 
> 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
> now.
> 
> 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. 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 p.m. on some idle
> Tuesday.
> 
>  Do one thing every day that scares you.
> 
>  Sing.
> 
>  Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with
> people
> who are reckless with yours.
> 
>  Floss.
> 
> 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.
> 
> Stretch.
> 
> 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.
> 
> Maybe 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 else's.
> 
> Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can.  Don't 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.
> 
> God Bless
> marty auslander
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