Tuesday, November 16, 2010

to age elegantly / 優雅地老去


去了歐洲教育展打聽目前名單裡的學校,剛開始有點不熟悉展場裡的氣氛,我身邊盡是青春洋溢的大學生,雖然我一副運動裝扮,心裡對於自己多人家十幾歲這件事無法不在意。

I went to the U.K. study fair with the intention of collecting more information about schools I would like to apply for. In the beginning I was kind of daunted by the young bobbing heads of college kids. Despite my purposeful sporty looks, I was so aware of the age gap between me and them.

從第一間學校開始,我便不斷地聽到類似的話語:如果你之前不是藝術主修,就要靠作品集博得青睞,因為大部分的學生都還是有藝術背景。這樣的說法還真是不公平,我是帶著筆記去的,如果學校在網上提供充足的資料,我也都說得出來課程內容和教授的作品風格,不過我倒是不放在心上,那多出來的十幾歲還是有用的。

Most school representatives made similar remarks about my qualifications: You need a strong portfolio since you were not an art major. Most students in our programs still have art backgrounds. I hope my case will certainly be an exception. I went with notes about every school. I had no problem pinpointing the features of each school’s courses and the styles of more famous professors. Fortunately, I viewed their words more as a friendly suggestion which would give me an edge when preparing the application forms. There is still something useful about being older.

回家的路上我一邊想,和我同年齡的人都在哪裡,為什麼我還要冒險,而當我走進童裝店幫家裡的小朋友買衣服,店員問我有幾個小孩,我說我沒有小孩,答案是那麼明顯,如果最後都要老去,我想用我的方式記錄人生,雖然沿路還是會有些緊張和害怕,我不想要後悔沒嚐試過的選擇。

On my way home I couldn’t help wondering where people of my age are. I asked myself why I still need to take an adventure. When I walked into a children’s clothing store, the clerk asked me how many children I had. I said I didn’t have any. The answer was so obvious. If we all have to age in the end, I want to record life in my own manner. There will of course be moments of fear and panic along the way, but I don’t want to obsess about the would-have-beens later on.

他們有青春,而我有熊熊的火焰。

They have got youth, while I’ve got flaming fire.

10 comments:

Patty said...

選擇與別人不一樣的路真的要很有勇氣耶。加油小淳!

jamie said...

i really like this post! i feel the same way about being older. :)

fallher said...

加油!

Smile said...

你所擁有的是比青春珍貴的!有這樣的想法真的很幸福! 加油!!:D 並給予真誠的祝福

佳欣 said...

真的很讚賞老師你能夠持續的堅持心中想做的事情,我希望自己內心也是能夠有這樣熊熊的火焰去自主地經營自己想要的生活!!而不用努力跟隨眾人的腳步~加油啊~

miragee said...

Patty: 因為我沒有家庭要照顧,閒著也是閒著嘛!

Jamie: You record your life in the form of traveling!

fallher: 阿倪最近好嗎?

Smile: 最近好嗎?我之前和同事討論過,如果老了卻還能充滿熱情,這真的是很難能可貴啊!

佳欣:恭喜你今年考上了,你也在追求你的目標啊!需要火焰時就想想我,你就會從心裡燒起來啦!你也加油喔!

Darrent said...

"他們有青春,而我有熊熊的火焰。"
我好喜歡這句話

Bean said...

這篇好棒!
別人擁有一些我們沒有的事情
可是我們也一定有一些他們沒有的特質!

我最近念書念很多
要來的禮拜四是感恩節
可是我明天還有兩個期中考
現在念書的速度當然比之前快 可是遇到法律之類的選項 還是有待挑戰!

過去這個月有去查機票的價錢
其實這個冬天很想回來
(你看我說一年半都是說說而已XD 做不到!!!)
可是太貴了 冬天又旺季 不給用里程數
所以還是得等到夏天了唄
有點失望
不過還是得用這段時間做些事情(還沒想到)

阿淳你最近在做什麼呢:)

Shorty修替他娘 said...

我想沒有人感受不到妳那熊熊烈火吧!?
年輕~真好!
妳不老啦~

miragee said...

Darrent: 我們越年長越要保持熊熊的火焰啊!

Bean: 最近在為我們的英國之行舖路啊!沒關係,你把想念累積的越久,到時候回來就會值回票價了。之前很想去泰國但不能真的去,我就和薛吉說,我可以來畫泰劇裡的風景,這樣和當場寫生也差不多,等於去過了,他應該覺得我很有趣吧!

加油啦,你的學期快結束了!你可以的!

Kay: 喔,我內心是很滄桑的。