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I want to thank all of you for this humbling experience today. This is major. It’s super heavy and I am very grateful. My mom is a lifelong educator—so this is gonna be a really good look for me.
To be a part of a group like this is unimaginable. To speak on behalf of our group is an honor that I am not sure if I am qualified for. Their accomplishments …the body of work represented on this stage is staggering. We have history-makers, miracle-workers in their own way. If their names aren’t on buildings yet, they’re totally gonna be.
I like to say that I am forever a student, and it’s people like this that I’ll forever grateful to learn from. They are fearless. They are boundless, multidisciplined and multi-talented. They break down barriers and embody the focus and dedication that this planet needs—even if, for Mark Kelly, it means leaving from time to time.
我想说我永远是个学生,而这样的人是值得我学习的老师,对此我永远感激。他们无所畏惧;他们不受束缚,涉猎广泛,多才多艺;他们打破藩篱,执着而投入,而这正是这个星球需要的东西——即便这对马克·凯利( 译注:马克·凯利是著名美国宇航员,现已退役) 来说意味着得时不时地离开地球。
Some may call them public servants, but their work is actually in the service of humanity and standing with them here today … and it’s totally mind-blowing.
In this day and age(如今,当今), it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that it’s the people who serve humanity that make the world really go around.
But this group’s work doesn’t fuel gossip. Sadly, it doesn’t generate a lot of clicks amongst a sea of headlines designed to bait (此处演讲人指的是一些新闻或报道取博人眼球的标题,吸引人们点击。). Their work is often too important to be boiled down to just a quick headline. Their work has never been more important, yet as a society, we seem to celebrate less important achievements far more frequently. I am glad to be a part of a moment that recognizes these people, the real movers and shakers.
Think about it. These great scientists, public servants, and activists cannot be bothered with building their Instagram followers, or how many views they get on Youtube. But they are the real influencers. Their work makes us healthier, safer, more enriched, and more intelligent. Their work is designed to improve the quality of life for all people, not just themselves. They are not motivated by attention. But rather, they are motivated by the idea of creating change, for the better.
想想看,这些伟大的科学家、人民公仆和活动家不会有时间理会Instagram粉丝量、Youtube 点击量这种事情。但是他们才是真正有影响力的人。他们的工作让我们更加健康、更加安全、更加有内涵、更加有智慧。他们的工作是为了提高所有人的生活质量,而不仅仅是为了他们自己。他们不为吸引注意力而动,而是为了创造改变而动,为了创造进步而动。
I personally find that incredibly inspiring. I hope you guys do as well.
Speaking to you guys today has charged me up. It really has. As you find your ways to serve humanity, it gives me great comfort knowing that this generation is the first that understands that we need to lift up our women.
Imagine the possibilities when we remove imbalance from the ether, because it’s unbalanced right now. Imagine the possibilities when women are not held back. Your generation is unraveling deeply entrenched laws, principles and misguided values that have held women back for far too long and therefore, have held us all back, the human race. The world that you will live in will be a lot better for it.
This is the first generation that navigates the world with the security and the confidence to treat women as equal. You guys and gals are the first ever. I’m going to say that again: You guys are the first ever.
So to the graduates, you might think your time in education is done, but after you leave here today, I am asking you guys to let your actions out there in the world fuel the demand for better and accessible education. Engage and inspire— whether on an individual level or loudly within your communities. Talk about your accomplishments. Talk about your accomplishments. It’s very important. Talk about your accomplishments. Be humble, but not too humble. Don’t be invisible.
We put all of our pants on one leg at a time (美国俚语,指代普通人). We all have a daily commute, but we do so with an eye toward something much bigger—serving humanity.

只看该作者 沙发  发表于: 03-11
Your World 你的世界
Your world is as big as you make it.
I know, for I used to abide
In the narrowest nest in a corner,
My wings pressing close to my side.

But I sighted the distant horizon
Where the sky line encircled the sea,
And I throbbed(颤动,搏动) with a burning desire
To travel this immensity(无限,浩瀚).
I battered(连续猛击) the cordons around me
And cradled(紧抱) my wings on the breeze,
Then soared to the uttermost reaches
With rapture(狂喜,极高兴), with power, with ease!



只看该作者 板凳  发表于: 03-11
Ahh, high school. Thinking back to those years brings both a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. Even though it hasn't exactly been years since I left, it certainly feels like it. I learnt a lot of things in high school that I thought were "the law" at the time, and I don't mean physics laws in the classroom. Little did I know, I would be debunking those laws myths pretty soon.
1 Popularity is vital.
At school, popularity was like currency, there were the rich, and there were the poor. For some reason, the rich deserved more respect (or fear) than the poor. As a kid, I didn't even realise that popularity wasn't even real! It was just a self perpetuating1) thing that people made up in their minds, projected onto others, who lived up to2) expectations. It blew up3) people's egos4) and made others feel inadequate5). Luckily, I wasn't on either end of the scale and I lived those years manoeuvring6) myself around the middle of it. If only I could go back now and tell everyone to stop being so silly and just be themselves.
2 You will only have "made it" when you have a house / car / pool etc.
The process goes like this. Go to school, get a degree, get a good job, earn good money, buy a big house, buy a big car, then buy as much as you can = live a good life. Well, that's what we're taught. I don't want to criticise the school system (too much) here, but that's exactly what it is, a system. Like a factory, we go through one end and come out the other. They tell us all the same thing and hope we get on with it. Then they measure their success by how much we can buy fifteen years later. I guess that's how there are many more (over-)consumers in the world than there are minimalists7).
3 Grades are everything.
Yes, grades do matter, but they're not the be-all and end-all8) of everything. You need good grades if you're planning to go to university and get a degree, which, even in this internet centered, entrepreneurial9) world, I still think is relevant. However, you don't need to burn yourself out and sacrifice everything to get top grades and you don't need to bring your self confidence down if you don't get what you want either. Just doing your best and keeping a balance is enough.
4 The lone star shines bright.
We used to be told that it was important to stand out whenever we can. That's when you see head cheerleaders, class reps10), student body leaders, sports captains and the lot11). A lot of this is a good thing; we learn to be independent and we build up our individuality.
However, sometimes the idea of individual merit12) is pushed so hard that teamwork, humility and fairness is often forgotten. Even when we have to work in teams, a lot of us still strive to either take over, lead the team, or take as much credit as possible. When we're older, we toot our own horns13) as loud as we can to show others what we've accomplished. It's not our fault completely, but sometimes we care more about ourselves than the project at hand or the bigger picture. I think the product of a team is much more than the sum of all the individuals, no matter how great they think they are.
This is how life is going to be.
I remember coming out of several boring years of high school thinking, "Oh my goodness, my life is going to suck14)". But, I quickly realised that high school has basically nothing to do with real life. Yes you learn a couple of things, but most of the academic stuff you learnt you'll never use again. Plus, high school doesn't foreshadow15) how you'll perform for the rest of your life. Once you leave for university, you'll have a chance to start again, to be whoever you want to be. You can debunk all these myths and change the way you live and think.
Okay okay, high school wasn't all that bad. Yes, it seemed to drag on16) but most importantly, I made some great friends, some of whom I have a feeling I will still be having occasional chats with twenty years from now.
High school, and university for that matter, is what you make of it, and after debunking these negative myths from high school, I wish you have the best university years to come.

只看该作者 地板  发表于: 03-11
Ah, singledom. It’s a strange place to be. Of course, when you’re 19, 21 or even 26, there’s nothing better than being all footloose and fancy free1) (as my aunt would put it). You want to be out with your friends every night and you want to be meeting dark, handsome strangers who whisk you off2) for fleeting affairs.... Because when you’re younger, life is all about your mates, building a career, being independent and having “fun.” The thought of settling down and having babies seems so alien. “It’s something you do when you’re old,” a certain teen boyband member recently told me during an interview. “Like when you’re 30.”
He had a point (despite his slightly misguided view on what’s “old”). When you’re an excitable teen just out of college or university and dying to make your mark on the world, you have this dreamy idea that when you’ve made your millions, snogged3) loads of fitties4) and bought a house, you will magically find the boy of your dreams and settle down in a whirlwind of rose petals and confetti5). You imagine how it’ll all just come together—and more importantly—you presume that at around 30, you’ll be ready for it.

But then reality strikes and you find that suddenly you are on that downward slope to 30—and shock, horror—you’re still single (and maybe not even that bothered about marriage and babies). All around you, your pals are celebrating 30th birthdays, engagements and wedding days. Some have even welcomed little babas6) into the world. It’s all very cute and of course you’re unbelievably happy for them. But you’re so far off that world. It can leave you feeling like a bit of a failure. Why haven’t you got that life yet? Why do you not want that life yet?

Here’s something that happens far too often. You go to a friend’s wedding. You’re armed with a smile and a beady eye (both perfected for the Best Man and ushers7)). But instead you find yourself on a table with all the coupled off pals. “Who are you with then?” they ask. “Oh I’m here on my own,” you reply, fully aware of the pity tilt of the head that is coming your way8). And sure enough, there it is. “Oh, well maybe you’ll find someone here tonight?” they suggest “helpfully.” “Oh thanks, yeah I never thought of that,” you think to yourself, still smiling of course.

But why does being single in your late twenties, early thirties (and perhaps older than that) seem like such a life failure? What if you’re actually-—shock, horror—happy being single at (almost) 30?


Recently someone told one of my single buddies that if she had found herself still single at 30, she’d be forced to find herself a man who already had kids. Clearly, she thought being single so “late” in life is a call for desperate measures what with9) the old body clock ticking away10) and all that. But come on, being 30 is hardly over the hill is it? And there’s no rush to be having kids. What’s the point in panicking?

For me singledom (at my age!) has actually been quite the eye opener11). As a teen (and early 20-something), I was in and out of long-term relationships. To be precise, three long-term relationships. They were great while they lasted but hey, it didn’t work out. And since the last one ended just over 18 months ago, I’ve discovered there’s a whole new side to life when you’re single.

Firstly, I’ve learnt how to properly take care of myself. Gone are the days where I couldn’t fix a leak in the bathroom or change a tyre on the car. When you’re a girl on your own, you learn this stuff. A few hours of your time getting to grips with12) the basics is much preferable to facing plumbing charges or having to wait for the AA13) on a busy London road. You just do it.

Secondly, I save at least £30 on my fortnightly shop because I don’t have to buy so much meat! (Why do boys like meat so much? I mean, I like a steak as much as the next person, but do you really need meat in every meal?) The result—more space for wine, cider14), cheese and fruit. Brilliant!

Thirdly, I’ve made some lovely new friends through the simple gift of time. Before, I’d be running home to get the dinner started or spending Saturday lunch times in Ikea15). Now, I can stay in the pub for as long as I like without worrying about starting a row16) and on Saturdays I can grab brunch or watch the footie17) or shop with my friends—sometimes, we even go for a manicure18). In fact, some of my now closest friends are people I’ve got to know in the last year—and I wouldn’t change our hungover sofa sessions for the world.

I’ve completely redecorated my flat. If my ex were to walk back in now, he wouldn’t know what had hit him19)—it almost looks like a grown up’s apartment. And that’s all down to my new-found abilities with some paint, a hammer and some nails. It’s a wonder!

I’ll happily eat and holiday alone—pretty much rock up20) to any bar in the world and stay there for hours. But that’s okay—in fact, most of the time the owner ends up being my NBF21) before the week is out.

I’ve even done the craziest thing ever and left a secure job at a magazine to go freelance. It turns out it was a brilliant decision! But if I was still in a relationship, I would have been far more dubious about taking that financial risk. Having someone else to worry about would have definitely swayed me away from making the leap.


This is not to say being single hasn’t had its moments. Of course there are times when you miss the cuddling up on the sofa to watch a film, or the on-running debate of who should have got voted out of The X Factor22). Even just having someone to spoil rotten is nice.

But all in all, the last 18 months have been the best life lesson I’ve ever had. It’s not that you can’t do all these things when you’re in a couple. It’s just, more often than not, you don’t want to because you’re pretty content with how things are. People even stay in relationships because they feel they should—not because they’re madly in love and really want to. If it’s not right, then why settle? You could find the most amazing person if you’re strong enough to wait.


Being able to dedicate so much time to improving a work situation, to seeing old friends, making loads of new friends, not worrying about time and just seeing the world through my own eyes and not through someone else’s for once, has been the best experience ever for me.


And you know what the most exciting part is? That if we want it, we still have that whole “finding someone you adore” thing to come. At some point, we will meet that person we want to spend every waking moment with; that we want to travel with; that we want to snog the face off ... and we have all of that to look forward to.

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