2014.05.24【英译中】失败的好处和想象的重要性(5)

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So I think it fair to say that by any conventional measure, a mere seven years after my graduation day, I had failed on an epic scale.
因此我想说这是很公平的,无论是从哪种传统的标准,仅仅是我毕业那天后的七年间,我已经失败到一种漫长而又艰难的程度上了。
An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to in modernBritain, without being homeless.
我经历了一段破裂的异常短暂的婚姻,失业,成为单身母亲,在现代化的伦敦下极度贫困,就差没无家可归了。
The fears my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.
父母以及我自己对自己的担忧都发生了,并且不管从什么标准来看,我都是我所知道的的最失败的人。
Now, I am not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun.
现在,我并不是想站在这里来告诉你们失败是有趣的。
That period of my life was a dark one, and I had no idea that there was going to be what the press has since represented as a kind of fairy tale resolution.
那个阶段是我人生中灰暗的日子,我也不知道我的小说即将被新闻界评价为童话故事的革命。
 I had no idea then how far the tunnel extended, and for a long time, any light at the end of it was a hope rather than a reality.
我不知道轨道将会延伸到多远,并且在很长一段时间内,任何在这终端的光亮都是一种希望而并非现实。
So why do I talk about the benefits of failure?
那为什么我要谈论失败的好处呢?
Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential.
很简单,因为失败意味着抛弃那些无关紧要的东西。
 I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.
我不再假装自己是那些并不是真正的我的其他东西,并且开始将自己的所有精力都投入到完成唯一对我来说重要的工作上。
Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area I believed I truly belonged.
如果我真的在其他领域取得成功,我也许永远不会发现自己的决心去在我坚信那是属于我的领域上获得成功。


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