无需等待 Why Wait?

2021年1月25日
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无需等待 Why Wait?

When I was in college I had big dreams.

我上大学时有很多远大的梦想

I was going to be a psychologist, then a teacher, then a world-famous speaker, and then a best-selling author.

我最初想要成为一名心理学家,然后又想成为一名教师,接着又想成为一名闻名世界的演说家,再然后又想成为一名畅销书作家。

I couldn’t make up my mind. Each dream seemed better than the last.

我无法下定决心。每个梦想似乎都比上一个好。

Among them all, though, was my burning desire to make things better.

然而,最重要的是我极度渴望让事情变得更好。

In my young heart and naive mind I felt like I could change the world all by myself.

我那年轻的心灵和天真的头脑让我觉得我可以凭一己之力改变世界。

And I couldn’t wait to get out of college and get started.

我迫不及待地想离开大学校园,开始追寻梦想。

Of course, I didn’t know what the future would hold for me.

当然,我不知道未来会怎样。

I never became a psychologist. I was only a teacher for a short while.

我从未成为一名心理学家。我只当过一段时间的老师

I created many stories that touched many people, but I was never a best-selling author either.

我写了很多故事,感动了很多人,但我从未是畅销书作家。

Instead I finally got married and became the father to three children.

然而我最终结了婚,成了三个孩子的父亲。

I became a friend to many people. I learned to love and care, and work and share.

我成了许多人的朋友。我学会了爱和关心,学会了工作和分享。

I also learned that I didn’t need to be famous or have a certain job to make things better.

我也认识到,我不需要变得出名或找到某个工作来使事情变得更好。

I saw that while I couldn’t change the world all by myself, I could help to change my own small part of it.

我发现,虽然我不能独力改变世界,但我可以改变我自己的小天地。

Most of all I realized that I didn’t have to wait to get this world changed.

最重要的是,我意识到我不需要等待时机去改变世界。

I saw that every single thing I did changed this world in some small way.

我发现我所做的每一件事都在某种程度上改变了这个世界。

As Anne Frank put it, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

正如安妮·弗兰克所说:“改善世界无需等待一个时机,这是多么美妙的一件事。”

Why wait then? Start improving the world around you today.

那还在等什么呢?从今天开始改善你周围的世界吧。

Share your love, laughter, and smile. Spread your joy and kindness.

分享你的爱、欢声和笑容。传播你的喜悦和善意。

Make the world a little brighter by shining your light in it.

绽放你的光彩去照亮世界,让世界变得更明亮。

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