“To the class of 2016…”Model: SathearaPhotographer/Artist: Mike LongIn a few weeks, colleges around the country will begin commencement celebrations. As the next wave of our future hit the streets with new degrees in hand, here are some words of thought for you…The following is part of an essay was written by Mary Schmich for the Chicago Tribune in June 1997. Read the full one here:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-schmich-sunscreen-column-column.html “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 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. 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 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….” Words: Mary Schmich 1997#portlandpinups #portland #pinups #bombshell #pdx #college #university #commencement #classof16 #classof2016For more information about booking YOUR pin-up session, please visit: www.portlandpinups.com Mike Long / Portland Pin-Ups. Much care and attention was taken to create these images, please do not steal my work, however please feel free to share the image!