…..they will only make you feel ugly.

For those of you who were around in the 1990s, you may remember Baz Luhrmann’s production of “Wear Sunscreen”, an essay set to music, giving advice on how to live a happier life and avoid common mistakes.

I don’t necessarily agree with all of it, but there are certain lines that have always struck a cord with me, such as the one above.

Another I repeated often was, don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts and don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours – it’s certainly useful for our family law clients.

However, my current favourite (even though I don’t abide by it nearly as often as I should) is read the instructions, even if you don’t follow them.

We’ve all assembled furniture (badly) without reading the instructions they came with.  We’ve relied on our instinct rather than check the directions, and we’ve been sure that we know how to cook something without reading the recipe.

And I know that we all click to accept the ts and cs on a website, to say we’ve read them, when we haven’t even gone to the page where they are featured.

And whilst not reading the building instructions, the driving directions or the recipe won’t have particularly bad consequences, not reading the ts and cs can commit you to all kinds of horrible obligations and access to your data that you won’t be able to get out of simply by saying you didn’t read them or you didn’t understand them.

The more reliant we become on technology, the more important reading the ts and cs will become.  In some cases it may only need a cursory glance, but in others, the commitment could be quite huge.

If in doubt, drop us a line, or listen to your favourite song for some inspiration!

Kleyman & Co Solicitors.  The full service law firm.  Striking the right note.