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自卑者迈出坚定的一步 相信天生我材必有用

kira86 于2019-09-04发布 l 已有人浏览
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要想拥有一个幸福快乐的人生,别人都无法替我办到,只有靠自己。不管想要什么,都要自己努力去争取。
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Putting My Best Foot Forword

迈出最坚定的一步

I could feel the sweat start to trickle down my back, right between my shoulder blades . There I was, standing in the hot sun while the team captains chose who they wanted on their team for a baseball game during fourth grade recess .

我感觉得到,汗水开始顺着我肩胛骨之间的脊背流淌下来。我站在炎炎烈日之下,各个队的队长从我们中间挑选他们想要的队员来加入他们的球队,去参加四年级的课间棒球比赛。

There were only four of us left.

只剩下我们四个人了。

I'll take Sandy, said one of the team captains.

“我要桑迪。”其中一位队长说。

David, said the other. The palms of my hands started to sweat.

“戴维吧。”另一位说道。我的手心开始出汗了。

Rachel. My heart sank.

“雷切尔吧。”我的心往下一沉。

Alright ... I'll take Kathy. I was sure everyone was looking at me ... skinny Kathy, with the skinny arms and legs - Kathy, the one no one wanted on their team. I wanted to crawl under a rock and hide. I was humiliated ... once again.

“那……我就选凯西了。”我确信此刻每个人都在看着我……骨瘦如柴、细胳膊细腿的凯西——没有哪支球队会要的凯西。我都想钻到一块石头下面躲起来。又一次,我丢人现眼了。

I was a geek to most of the kids in school. I was shy, quiet, and scrawny ... and afraid to make friends.

在学校大多数孩子的眼里,我是个怪人:害羞、沉默、瘦弱…… 害怕交朋友。

At home with my parents, I always felt okay with myself. My folks were hard-working people who loved and supported me, and believed in my capabilities. They taught me to go for what I wanted no matter what it was.

在家里跟父母在一起的时候,我总是对自己信心十足。我的父母十分勤劳,他们支持我、爱我,相信我的能力。他们教导我不管我想要的东西是什么,都要努力争取。

In kindergarten, I had been invited to a birthday party. I wanted to get a really nice present for the girl who invited me, and my parents encouraged me to work for the money to buy the present. My dad said to me, "You have two arms and two legs and a brain, Kathy. If you want extra money, you can simply earn it."

上幼儿园的时候,我应邀参加一个生日派对。我想送给邀请我的女孩一份很好的礼物,我父母就鼓励我去打工挣钱买礼物。父亲对我说:“凯西,你四肢健全,又有头脑。如果你想要更多的钱,就去挣吧。”

Because my parents believed in me so much, I believed in myself, too. To earn the money, I painted pictures on rocks and sold them door to door in my neighborhood, sold fruit and vegetables from our garden, and did yard work for our neighbors. Although I was just a small child, buying a gift for my friend with the money I earned myself gave me a tremendous sense of achievement .

我父母这么信任我,所以我也相信自己。为了挣钱,我在石块上画画,到我所在的街区挨家挨户去推销,还把菜园里的水果和蔬菜拿出去卖,或者去邻居家的园子里干活。虽然我还只是个小孩子,却能靠自己挣的钱给朋友买礼物,这给了我极大的成就感。

By the time I was in fourth grade, I was making enough money to buy my own clothes and toys, and whatever candy and treats I wanted from the ice cream man.

到四年级的时候,我已经能赚足够的钱给自己买衣服和玩具,想吃什么糖果和冷饮,就能从卖冰激凌的人那里买来吃。

However, that was at home. When I got to school, I felt gawky and awkward. To the kids at school, I was just a skinny, dumb kid who couldn't play baseball. More than anything, I wanted to feel just as successful and capable at school as I did at home. And I wanted friends ... but no one would play with me.

不过,这只局限于家里。上学的时候,我就感觉自己笨手笨脚的。在同学眼里,我不过是一个瘦弱、愚钝又不会打棒球的孩子。更重要的是,我多么希望在学校能像在家里那样成功和能干啊!我需要朋友……但是没人愿意和我一起玩。

One afternoon near the end of my fourth grade year, my teacher, Mrs.Sween, asked me if I could stay after school for a few minutes.

四年级快结束时的一天下午,我的老师斯温女士问我能否放学后多留一会儿。

When I sat down in front of her desk, she stared right in. "I've noticed that you don't hang around with any of the kids during recess, Kathy."

我坐到她的办公桌前面,她看着我说:“凯西,我注意到你课间的时候不怎么和其他的孩子一起玩啊。”

They don't want to play with me, Mrs. Sween, I answered.

“是他们不愿意和我玩,斯温女士。”我答道。

Do you think that is their fault? She asked. "If you do, I have news for you. It's not. It's your fault. If you think it is someone else's responsibility to make friends with you first, you are mistaken. They aren't going to come to you. You have to go to them."

“你觉得这是他们的错吗?”她问,“如果你真这么想,那我告诉你,不是这么回事,其实是你错了。如果你认为别人有义务要先和你交朋友,那你就想错了。别人不会主动找你。你要主动去找别人。”

I dropped my eyes from her face, and felt tears start to sting the corners of my eyelids.

我把目光从她脸上移开,感觉眼泪在眼眶里打转。

Look at me, Kathy. I looked back at Mrs. Sween.

“看着我,凯西。”我又抬起头看着斯温女士。

I know you are a wonderful girl. But how are they going to know you if you don't give them the opportunity? You have to be the one to make the effort, to be friendly, and to talk to other people. Don't get caught up in your shyness. Take a risk! Be a friend, and you'll make a friend.

“我知道你是个很棒的女孩。但是如果你不给同学们机会,他们又怎么了解你呢?你要自己努力友好待人,和别人沟通。不要让害羞绊住你的手脚。去尝试吧!先成为别人的朋友,这样别人也会成为你的朋友。”

I don't remember exactly how I made it out of the classroom that day. But I do remember lying on my bed that night, thinking about Mrs. Sween and the things that she had said to me. She had talked to me like my parents had always talked to me: like an equal, not like just a kid. Something sank in that night and it changed my life. I made a decision. I decided to be happy, and to have a happy life. No one else could do it for me; I had to do it for myself.

我已不记得那天我是怎么走出教室的,但我却忘不了那个夜晚,我躺在床上回想着斯温女士以及她对我说过的话。她跟我说话的方式就像我父母一样:平等相待,而不是把我当成孩子。那天夜里我终于明白了一些道理,这些道理改变了我的人生。我做了个决定。我决心每天都要过得开心,要拥有一个幸福快乐的人生。别人都无法替我办到;我必须靠自己。

Over the summer, I started watching baseball. I mean really watching. I watched baseball on television; I watched baseball on the street where I lived. I studied how the best players played - how they held the bat, and what they did to improve their game. I copied everything the best players did. And I got good at baseball.

那个暑假,我开始看棒球比赛。我指的是认认真真地看。我看电视上的棒球比赛,也看我所居住的那条街上的比赛。我研究顶级棒球手的球技——他们是怎么握球棒的,又是怎么提高球技的。我模仿顶级球员的一招一式。就这样,我的棒球逐渐打得好了起来。

When school started the following year, it was amazing that I was not picked last - I was picked first! I had worked to become a good player, and the teams wanted me. Not only that, but it was easier to make friends because I felt more confident about myself.

第二年新学期伊始,令人惊讶的是,我不是最后一个——而是头一个就被选中了!我通过努力成了出色的棒球手,几支球队都想要我。不仅如此,我结交朋友也变得更为轻松,因为我更加自信了。

Sure, I was still skinny tomboy Kathy, but now I had friends to laugh with and to share my stories with. I learned to have faith in myself and to know that God doesn't make mistakes. I became more of what I wanted to be because I had made a conscious decision to step out and put my best foot forward.

当然,我还是那个瘦弱的假小子凯西,但是现在有许多朋友来分享我的快乐,倾听我的故事。我学会了相信自己,也意识到天生我材必有用。我比自己预想的还要成功,这归功于我做出的那个理智的决定——在人生道路上迈出最坚定的那一步。

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