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What is the meaning of life? | ”生活的意义是什么” 双语沙龙精彩回顾 @12.13

Have you ever wondered what is the meaning of your life? When we were young, we were told that we need to study really hard for a better future and when we grow up, we need to work hard for a better life. What is the point of everything? Or does everything need to have a point?
在我们小的时候,我们被告知要努力学习才能有一个好的未来,长大以后要努力工作才能有更好的生活。但是你曾否想过,这一切的意义是什么?或者,每一件事都一定要有一个意义吗?
At the age of 5, I thought my meaning of life was to get my mom's full attention , because whenever I did, I felt so happy and loved.
在我15岁那年,我觉得我生活的意义是我妈妈全部的注意力都在我身上,因为每当我得到她的关爱,我都会觉得很开心和温暖。
At the age of 12, I thought the meaning of my life was to keep my best friend with me forever, becuase whenever I had fight with her, I was so upset and the sky was falling.
在我12岁那年,我觉得我生活的意义是我最好的朋友永远在我的身边,因为每次我一跟她吵架,我都特别伤心和沮丧,觉得天都要塌下来。
At the age of 18, I thought the meaning of life was to get into the best universities in China, becuase i was told that would be the only way to a better future.
在我18岁那年,我觉得生活的意义是考取中国最好的大学,因为一直以来别人都告诉我那是一个好未来唯一的途径。
At the age of 20, I thought the meaning of life was to get married with my first boyfriend and make a happy familiy together, becuase I thought he was my everything and my future.
在我20岁那年,我觉得生活的意义是和我第一任男朋友然后组建一个幸福的家庭,因为我曾觉得他是我的所有和未来的一切。
However, none of them have ever worked out. As I grew older, attention from my mom I got was not as much as when I was little.
然而, 任何一个我曾认为的生活的意义都没有持续长久。随着我长大, 妈妈给我的注意力没有小时候那么多了。
I even lost the contact of my best friend I had at the age of 12
我甚至已经没有我12岁时最好朋友的联系方式了。
I did go to one of the best universities in China, but it seemed to have a much less impact on my life as I thought it could be.
我的确念了中国最好的大学之一,但是看起来对我生活的影响比我想象中的要小得多。
And I broke with my first boyfriend and we didnt make a family.
我也和第一任男朋友分手了,并没有和他组件家庭。
Two years ago, at the age of 22, I had the opportunity to study and live abraod. I also got the chance to travel quite a lot during my time abroad.
两年前,在我22岁那年,我有了出国学习和生活的机会,同时,也有很多机会去其他国家旅行。
Something has changed in me when I first got to the land of Uganda, Africa ealier this year. My life there was completely different than before.
当我今年年初的时候第一次踏上乌干达的那片土地时,我的内心发生了微妙的变化。我的生活完全和以前不一样了。
I got to see so directly of what poverty means. I got to see children begging on the street. I also got to see people who cannot affort a meal and they are dying becuase of diseases.
我是如此直观地看到了什么是真正的贫穷,看到小朋友们在街上乞讨,看到人们吃不起饭,也看到人们因为贫穷无钱治病在疾病中挣扎和死去。
That was when I first realized how priviledged I have always been.
那也是我第一次认识到我所拥有的一切是多么的具有殊荣。
And that was when I found my meaning of life was to share and to show that I care.
那也是我发现我生活的意义应该是去分享,和去表达我在乎。
At the end of the October, I came back to Beijing, China. Beijing has been developing really fast and everything to me was super new since I left Beijing for six years.
今年10月底,我回到了北京。北京在最近这些年发展得非常迅速,所见到得一切对于我来说都无比新奇,我离开北京已经六年了。
I started to realize that people here are always super busy, everthing is moving so fast, people are walking so fast.
我也意识到,所有生活在这里的人都非常地忙碌,所有的事情都飞速运转,人们走路都这么快。
So I have been wondering a lot, what is the point of being so busy? What is the point of moving so fast and walking so fast? I wondered if people would ever think of the meaning of them being as how they are now?
所以我常常想,每个人这么忙碌的原因是什么?有怎样的意义?为什么每个人的脚步都是如此的匆忙?人们是否想过为什么他们活得如此忙碌?
Therefore, I brought up this question "What is the meaning of life?" and discussed with more than 20 people on a cozy Wednesday night.
所以,我想到了这个话题,“生命的意义是什么?” 在一个舒适的周三傍晚,和20多人一起讨论了这个话题。
Lots of key words have been mentioned during this discussion.
在这次讨论中提到了许多关键字。
In addition, we have talked about our "dream jobs and how we can get closer to our dream jobs?"
Lot of beautiful words have been refered to the meaning of life. We have discovered that we do not have to struggle too much on the true meaning of life, becuase there is no one single definition of the meaning of life. Each person can have his or her own definition. All we have to do it to be happy and to become better.
除此以外,我们还谈论了我们“梦想中的工作和我们怎样才能距离梦想更近?” 许许多多美丽的语言都被提及。我们也发现,其实每个人生命的意义都可以是不同的,我们没必要纠结生命究竟是怎样的意义。更重要的是过好当下,拥有快乐的人生,并且不要停止追求更好的自己。

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Hello! Xiuzi here. A 24 year old girl with an adventurous spirit. I have been traveling around the world for the past two years and been to 27 countries mainly in Europe, Middle East and Africa. I love people and hearing lots of beautiful stories. I have seen different lives in various situations so I wondered a lot about the meaning of everything. I wish to hear your stories and your unique opinion. So come and join me for this fun discussion !

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