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情感英语 清风明月 2个月前 (06-13) 43次浏览

  The other night I had a conversation with a young woman who had a number of decisions ahead of her, one of which was whether she should go to grad school or travel the world.


  I told her to travel. Hands down. No excuse. Just go.


  She sighed. “Yeah, but…”


  Never were more fatal words spoken.


  Yeah, but… what about debt?


  Yeah, but… what about my job?


  Yeah, but… what about my boyfriend (or dog or car or whatever)?


  “Yeah, but…” is pernicious. Because it makes it sound like we have the best of intentions when really we are just too scared to do what we should. It allows us to be cowards, while sounding noble.

  “是的,但是……”这句话很不好。听起来就好像我们很多美好的想法没有实现只是因为顾虑太多。 这句话听起来冠冕堂皇,其实只不过表明我们是懦夫。

  Most people I know who waited to travel the world never did. Be careful of the yeah-but. The yeah-but will kill your dreams. I was so stirred by this conversation that I shared it with a group of about thirty young adults last night, many who were asking these very questions.

  我认识的大多数人都有环游世界的愿望,却一直没有付诸行动。当心“是的,但是…” 这句话,它会扼杀你很多梦想。这次聊天在我心中掀起很大波澜,昨晚我跟一群30岁左右的年轻人说起这个话题,他们当中很多人问的也是这些问题。

  When you get older, life seems to just sort of happen to you. Your youth is a time of total empowerment. You get to do what you want. As you mature and gain new responsibilities, you have to be very intentional about making sure you don’t lose sight of what’s important. So if you still have a reasonable amount of control over your circumstances,you should do what really matters. Because life won’t always be just about you.


  During early adulthood your worldview is still being formed. It’s important to stewardthis time —to give yourself opportunities to grow. A good way to do that is to travel.


  There are three reasons to travel while you’re young:


  1. Traveling teaches you to live an adventure


  When you look back on your life, you will have moments of which you are proud and maybe a few you regret. It’s likely that the following won’t be on the latter list:


  Bicycled across the Golden Gate Bridge.


  Appeared on Italian TV.


  Hiked a Mayan ruin.


  Learned Spanish in three months.


  Toured Europe by train.


  They’re not on mine (fun fact: I’ve done all of the above).


  You should take the time to see the world and taste the fullness of life. It’s worth whatever investment or money or sacrifice of time required on your part. It’s not about being a tourist. It’s about experiencing true risk and adventure so you don’t have to live in fear for the rest of your life.


  2. Traveling helps you encounter compassion


  In your youth, you will make choices that will define you. The disciplines you begin now will be with you for the rest of your life. Traveling will change you like little else can. It will put you in places that will force you to care for issues that are bigger than you.


  If you go to southeast Asia, you may encounter the slave trade. If eastern Europe, you may see the effects of genocideand religious persecution. If Haiti, you’ll witness the the ugly side Western paternalism.


  You will begin to understand that the world is both a big and small place. You will have a new-found respect for the pain and suffering that over half of the world takes for granted on a daily basis. And you will feel more connected to your fellow human beings in a deep and lasting way. You will learn to care.


  3. Traveling allows you to get some culture


  While you’re still young, you should get cultured. Get to know the world and the magnificent people that fill it.


  There’s nothing quite like walking alongside the Coliseum or seeing Michelangelo’s David in person. I can describe the city of San Juan and its amazing beaches and historic sites to you, but you really have to see it for yourself to experience it. You can read all the books in the world about the Great Wall of China or The Louvre , but being there is a different story.


  The world is a stunning place, full of outstanding works of art. See this while you’re still young. Do not squanderthis time, because you will never have it again.


  You won’t always be young, and life won’t always be just about you. So travel and experience the world for all it’s worth. You will become a person of culture, adventure and compassion.



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