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没有意义的梦想

2011-10-31

人们通常认为,包含有帮助别人或改变世界的梦想才是积极的、值得尊敬的。这些梦想为人们所称赞,被社会所认可。

But what about dreams that are meaningless to others? What if your dream is to climb every mountain in the world? Or what if you just want to jump off things?

但是,那些对别人来说没有意义的梦想怎么样呢?如果你的梦想是爬遍世界上的每一座山,或者你只是想从某个高处跳下去呢?

We give up on a lot of dreams because they don’t “have a point” or aren’t contributing to society. So many of us try to determine if we’ll do something by whether or not it serves others. We get caught up in fake growth.

我们对很多梦想失望,因为它们没有“意义”或者对社会没有贡献。我们之中有那么多人总是先考虑一件事情是否服务于别人,之后才决定自己是否去做。我们是被虚假的发展所困了。

But what if your dream serves no one but yourself? Does that make it any less valid?

但如果你的梦想不是为了其他任何人而只是为了你自己呢?会不会就使它不那么有意义了?

One of my dreams is to do a one-arm pullup. There’s really no “point” to it at all. It doesn’t accomplish anything. It’s not practical. And it certainly doesn’t help anyone. But that’s not stopping me. I think it’s cool, and that’s enough for me.

我的梦想之一是单手垂挂。这确实没有任何“意义”,也不会有什么成就,也没有什么实际作用。当然,它也不会帮助任何人。但是这些并不会阻止我。我觉得它很酷,这就够了。

Our dreams don’t have to have a purpose. They don’t have to inspire anyone, or make any difference at all in the world. If you’re enjoying them, that’s enough. If it excites you, that’s enough. If you’re doing a lot of things that don’t excite you because they’re “practical,” well, that serves no one.

我们的梦想并非一定要有一个目的。它们不必非要给谁以灵感,或者给世界带来什么改变。如果你很享受自己的梦想,这就够了。如果它能令你兴奋,这就够了。如果你因为它们很“实际”而去做很多事情,但所做的事情却不能带给你快乐,那么,它不会给任何人带来好处。

The world needs more people that are doing what they want to do. I suggest sorting that part out first, then figuring out how you’ll make a contribution. You can often do both at the same time. But it’s okay too if you do some things that have no purpose, and other things that help others.

这个世界需要更多的人来从事它们想做的事情。我建议可以先把想做的事情挑选出来,然后思考如何来做贡献。通常你是可以两者皆得的。但如果你做一些事情是不为任何目的,而做其他事情是来帮助别人,这样也可以。

But please, don’t just do things things you hate because they’re practical or utilitarian. I don’t think it serves anyone if you force yourself to be selfless in a way that’s not authentic. That’s self-deprecation, not service.

但是,请一定不要因为它们很实际或是实用,而去做你讨厌的事情。如果你是强迫自己去无私,而并非真正想如此,那么我认为这样做不会服务于任何人。那是一种自我贬低,而非服务。

Give yourself permission to do what you want, even if there’s no purpose whatsoever.

允许自己去做自己想做的事情,即使没有任何目的。

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet because I want you to focus on action, not sitting here staring in front of the screen.

我把这篇文章写得简短而亲切,是因为我想让你付诸行动,而非只是坐在电脑前盯着屏幕看。

Before I let you go, I want to know… what’s a “purposeless” dream you have that just serves you? Please share in the comments.

但是,在你离开之前,我想了解,你所拥有的只是为自己服务而“毫无目的”的梦想是什么样的呢?希望能在评论里看到你的分享。

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