做自己喜欢的事
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  Do What You Love   By Tony Hawk       人生无处不选择,无时不选择,选择做自己喜欢的事是每一个人的心愿。然而,更多的时候,由于各种主客观因素的影响,并非人人都可以做自己喜欢的事。因而,如果你幸运地找到了你喜欢做的事,你就应该勇敢大胆地去做,而不必理会世俗的眼光。正如本文作者所言:“你可能永远都达不到顶峰,但是如果你正在做你喜欢的事情,那么与其中蕴藏的快乐相比,财富或名声又算得了什么呢?”所以,努力找到自己喜欢的事并为之奋斗不息,你将会拥有一个充实快乐的人生!
  ―― Maisie
  
  Although I have many job titles, the one I am most proud of is ‘Professional1)Skateboarder.’”
  
  I believe that people should take pride in what they do, even if it is2)scorned or misunderstood by the public3)at large.
  
  I have been a professional skateboarder for 24 years. For much of that time, the activity that paid my rent and gave me my greatest joy was4)tagged with many labels, most of which were ugly. It was a kid’s5)fad, a waste of time, a dangerous pursuit, a crime.
  
  When I was about 17, three years after I turned6)pro, my high school “careers” teacher7)scolded me in front of the entire class about jumping ahead in my workbook. He told me that I would never make it in the workplace if I didn’t follow directions8)explicitly. He said I’d never make a living as a skateboarder, so it seemed to him that my future was9)bleak.
  
  Even during those dark years, I never stopped riding my skateboard and never stopped progressing as a skater. There have been many, many times when I’ve been10)frustrated because I can’t land a11)maneuver. I’ve come to realize that the only way to master something is to keep it at―despite the bloody knees, despite the12)twisted ankles, despite the13)mocking crowds.
  
  Skateboarding has gained mainstream recognition in recent years, but it still has negative14)stereotypes. The pro skaters I know are responsible members of society. Many of them are fathers, homeowners, world travelers and successful15)entrepreneurs. Their16)hairdos and17)tattoos are simply part of our culture, even when they raise eyebrows during18)PTA meetings.
  
  So here I am, 38 years old, a husband and father of three, with a lengthy list of responsibilities and obligations. And although I have many job titles―19)CEO, Executive Producer, Senior Consultant, Foundation Chairman, Bad Actor―the one I am most proud of is “Professional Skateboarder.” It’s the one I write on surveys and customs forms, even though I often end up in a secondary security20)checkpoint.
  
  My youngest son’s pre-school class was recently asked what their dads do for work. The responses were things like, “My dad sells money” and “My dad figures stuff out.” My son said, “I’ve never seen my dad do work.”
  
  It’s true. Skateboarding doesn’t seem like real work, but I’m proud of what I do. My parents never once questioned the practicality behind my passion, even when I had to21)scrape together gas money and regarded dinner at22)Taco Bell as a big23)night out.
  
  I hope to pass on the same lesson to my children someday. Find the thing you love. My oldest son is an24)avid skater and he’s really25)gifted for a 13-year-old, but there’s a lot of pressure on him. He used to skate for26)endorsements, but now he27)brushes all that stuff aside. He just skates for fun and that’s good enough for me.
  
  You might not make it to the top, but if you are doing what you love, there is much more happiness there than being rich or famous.
  
  
  虽然我有许多工作头衔,但是最让我骄傲的那个头衔还是‘职业滑板手’。”
  
  我认为人们应该为自己所从事的工作而骄傲,即便那份工作会被社会大众蔑视或者误解。
  
  我已经做了24年的职业滑板手了。虽然这份工作不仅帮我支付了房租,还为我带来了巨大的欢乐,但是大多数时候它还是被贴上了各种各样的标签,而且其中多数标签还相当地丑陋。很多人认为滑板是小孩子的玩意,是一种既浪费时间又危险的嗜好,甚至是一种犯罪。
  
  在我17岁的时候,即成为职业滑板手的第三年,我的高中职业指导老师曾在全班同学面前责骂我不该马马虎虎地浏览工作手册。他告诉我说,如果我不明确地按照他的指导来做,日后我在工作间将永远无法做好工作。他告诫我,我不可能靠做一个滑板手来维持生计;在他看来,我的未来一片暗淡。
  
  但是,即使是在那些光景惨淡的年月里,我也从未停止过练习滑板,也从未停止争取一个职业滑板手应该取得的进步。我也曾多次为做不出某个高难度动作而沮丧不已。但我渐渐意识到,要想掌握某样东西,唯一的方法就是坚持不懈――虽然膝盖会流血,脚踝会扭伤,还会受到人们的嘲笑。
  
  近年来,滑板运动渐渐获得了主流大众的认可,但仍然有些老顽固对它持否定态度。而我所认识的职业滑板选手们都是社会中认真负责的人。他们中的许多人都身为父亲、房主、世界旅行家和成功的企业家。他们的发型和纹身都是我们文化的一部分,即使他们在家长教师协会会议上令其他家长大吃一惊。
  
  现在我已经38岁了,已经为人丈夫,并有了三个孩子,也要承担一大串的责任和义务。虽然我有许多工作头衔―首席执行官、执行制作人、高级顾问、基金会主席、差劲的演员,但是最让我骄傲的那个头衔还是“职业滑板手”。我在调查表和海关单据上都不会忘记加上这个头衔,即便最后我常常会被请进中级安全检查站。
  
  我最小的儿子所在的学前班的老师最近问他们,你们的爸爸是做什么工作的。很多孩子的回答是这样的:“我爸爸是卖钱的”或者“我爸爸是帮忙出谋划策的”。而我的儿子却回答说:“我从来没看见我爸爸工作过。”
  
  这是一句大实话。玩滑板看起来并不像是一份真正的工作,但是我却为它而骄傲。我的父母亲从来没有质疑过我对滑板的狂热有没有现实意义,即使我曾经不得不艰难地凑集煤气费,并且把在塔可钟速食店里吃顿晚饭看得像过节一样。
  
  我希望有一天能给我的孩子们上同样的一课――找到你喜欢的事情。我最大的孩子也热衷于玩滑板,13岁的他确实是很有天赋,但是他也同样面临着许多压力。以前他玩滑板是为了博取认可,但是现在他排除了一切杂念,只是为了乐趣而玩,这令我很高兴。
  
  你可能永远都达不到顶峰,但是如果你正在做你喜欢的事情,那么与其中蕴藏的快乐相比,财富或名声又算得了什么呢?

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