過來人給年輕人的11個人生忠告

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ANN@The China Post

Call it life experience or the school of hard knocks, by 50 we all have the hindsight to know which decisions were good ones and which decisions were, well, a result of youthful naïveté. 到了50歲,我們會後知後覺的意識到,過往的決定哪些是正確的,而哪些又不是。這可以稱作人生經驗或者生活磨練,又或許這就是年少無知的結果。

But whether you’re a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason” or you wish the brains at Google would develop a time machine, you’ve probably learned a thing or two from your failures. 也許你是個堅信“事出必有因”的因果論者,也許你懊惱谷歌智囊為什麼不發明個時光機器幫你重回青春……但不管怎樣,你可能已經從失敗中吸取到一些教訓了。

We asked our Facebook fans what they wish they’d known at 25 that they know now. Here’s what they said every 20-something ought to know about life. 我們在臉書上對《赫芬頓郵報》的粉絲進行了調查,詢問哪些事是他們現在已經知道的,而希望25歲時就明白的。以下所列的是他們認為20多歲的人應該知道的事。

1. Speak up more. 有想法就盡情說出來

As the saying goes, it’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease. You are your one and only true advocate, so never be afraid to stand up for yourself and speak your mind, because regret’s a b****. 常言道:“會叫的孩子有糖吃”。你是自己唯一並且真正的擁護者,所以不要害怕表達自己的想法,捍衛自己的權益,因為世上沒有後悔藥。

2. Know when to walk away. 適時走開

Many readers voiced that walking away, while it may be a difficult decision, is sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself. And the quicker you can come to this realization, the more you can save yourself from making up for lost time. 許多讀者稱,離開可能是一個艱難的決定,但有時這是你最好的選擇。越早的認清現實,就有越多的時間來彌補過失。

3. Save more money. 多存錢

Retirement is no joke, as you’ll learn by 50. As you stare at the bleak reality of your 401K, you might find yourself counting every nickel and dime you wasted on frivolous expenses. So pack your lunch, find street parking (or take the bus) and remember that a penny saved is a penny earned, as cheesy as it sounds. 到了50歲,你就會發現退休這件事真的不是玩笑。在瞭解了退休計畫的慘痛事實後,你可能會意識到過去無意中浪費掉的每一分錢都是種奢侈。所以從現在開始自帶午餐吧,將車停泊在街邊停車位,或者改乘公車。這雖然聽起來很俗氣,但記住:省錢就是賺錢。

4. Re-think a college major. 慎重考慮大學專業

A few readers mentioned how they wish they’d re-considered their choice of college major, or even thought twice before dropping out. 有幾位讀者提到,他們真希望能夠重新選擇大學專業,而且退學前一定要三思。