Wear Sunscreen

Yes, it’s in a song. It’s also essential.

Andy Taylor
1 min readJun 9, 2021


If you don’t wear sunscreen on a sunny day you will get burnt. A simple lesson, but one I learnt for umpteenth time yesterday. It reminded me:

  • What’s good for you can also be bad for you
  • Conditions can change quickly
  • Don’t react, instead prepare and anticipate
  • You have one body, look after it
  • You’re never too old to learn lessons

And if you, like me, are now thinking about the song “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” by Baz Luhrmann, here are some points of interest:

  • It isn’t based on a Kurt Vonnegut speech, it was written by Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich
  • It isn’t voiced by an American, it’s Australian voice actor Lee Perry

But the advice still holds:

“Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.” — Mary Schmich



Andy Taylor

I want to learn. I try to grow. I’d love to help.