Heart pounding. Sweating. Anxiousness “What if I forget the words? What comes after this sentence? Will this make sense? This is it…it’s show time!” It is time to put what I’ve learnt to use; the time has come to public speak in Chinese.
Standing in front of my Chinese class, it dawns on me; a mere 11 months ago (February 2014) I did not even know how to order “chicken fried rice or beef noodles” in Chinese. Now, I speak Chinese on a daily basis. Sure, it does not compare to an actual Chinese native speaker, but I understand newspapers, I understand news, and there is virtually no common topic I cannot decode using a Chinese-English dictionary.
It is truly phenomenal what the human mind can accomplish when one is put in a situation that they MUST succeed. In some ways, it may sound a bit cheesy, but in my case, failure was NOT an option.
Basic communication was on the line. Human connection. To be heard and to be understood. Society is not made to lower itself to your own shortcomings. It is YOU that must bend your beliefs and create the appropriate breakthroughs so that you can properly communicate and be an active participant in society. Everyone person wants to be heard.
This was our final presentation topic. The question at hand – 人类社会存在的问题 (translates to – problem of human society)
My first thought… are you kidding me? I barely know how I would answer that question in English, nevertheless, Mandarin?
Below is the finalized answer/presentation :
“这个问题乍一看很复杂，可是我想来想去，其实很简单。 我们的生活中类似的情况不少。有时候觉得生活太难熬了。有学习压力，或者工作负担， 并且有社会压力。 我们可能以为如果我们干得很辛苦， 我们可以赚到很多钱，然后我们应该得到幸福感。 可是你平时听到或者看到人们在这个世界上不太开心或者完全苦闷。我觉得问题是我们怕追求自己的梦想。
从小的时候教育的制度要求我们去幼儿园， 然后小学，中学， 高中， 最后是大学。如果，你开始工作，每个公司几乎都要求你从最低的职位 爬到最高的。我不能说这两个制度没好处，但是我想指出的问题是每个制度早已给你们他们的计划。很多人，为了钱或者稳定性完全忽略了自己的梦想。
怪不得， 人们到一段时间， 他们发现根本不合适这分工作，或者找到不对的情侣，因而马上离婚。这些小问题之所以存在，是因为很多人没付出时间好好儿思考自己想怎么样活。自己的梦想到底是什么？
对我来说，每个人都想了解自己的才能，以后用功集中发挥自己的本领。教育应该教你什么解决各种各样的问题。打工应该为你提供你工作经验，而且帮你建立生活中重要的关系。 我相信如果我们可以克服自己怕什么，我们可以活得 更幸福，而且热心地解决全球的问题。
Here is the English translation : (This is taken directly from Google Translate. Even Google is not perfect at translating Chinese to English.)
At first glance, this problem is very complex, but to my mind, is actually very simple. Our lives a similar situation a lot. Sometimes I think life is too tough a. Learning pressure, or workload, and social pressures. We may think that if we do very hard, we can make a lot of money, then we deserve happiness. But you usually hear or see people in this world do not feel happy or completely depressed. I think the problem is that we are afraid to pursue their dreams.
When childhood education system, which requires us to go to kindergarten, and elementary school, middle school, high school, and finally the university. If you start working, almost every company requires you to climb from the lowest of the highest positions. I cannot say that these two systems is not good, but I want to point out that the problem is that each system has already given you their plans. Many people, for the money or the stability of completely ignoring their dreams.
No wonder, people go to for some time, they found it inappropriate simply divide the work, or to find a couple of wrong, and therefore divorce immediately. These small problems exists, because many people do not choose to take their time thinking about their gonna live. His dream in the end is what?
Say the problem or “dreams” Although very sweet, but really it is not so simple to do. In fact people are not afraid of their dreams, fear of failure when the pursuit of dream. Are you afraid when you fail, the whole society of people laugh at you, you are afraid of your life are when a loser.
No matter who you are, everyone who certainly have come across these deep feelings of helplessness, so that everyone can understand each other. Fear is fear, but you do not continue to chase, you never know what the results that you may achieve. Do you think someone laugh at you, but certainly someone agree with you.
For me, everyone wants to know their talents, after hard play to their ability to concentrate. Education should teach you what to solve a variety of problems. Your work should provide work experience for you, and help you build important relationships in life. I believe that if we can overcome what they fear, we can live happier and enthusiasm to solve global problems.
I want to take advantage of this opportunity to introduce you to a saying: “Failure is the mother of success.”
If you need one day say you are successful, you first need to fail. This statement did not say you need to fail a few times. Probably a lot of times. . .
We have only one life. Together we should support everyone to pursue their dreams, and therefore we can influence others with their problems facing the community together.
Society has a plethora of problems and no one thing will solve everything immediately. Perhaps, we have to be responsible for our own lives and fears before we can start preaching to others how the world should be changed.
A couple things you should ponder as you make this year’s resolutions
– What are some accomplishments that you have achieved in 2014 you can celebrate? (This only works looking backwards, not measuring yourself forward against who you think you “should” be. Be grateful for what you have done, who are you, and the people in your life)
– As we have just kicked off a NEW YEAR (2015), what is your dream? Do you dare to chase it now? Are you ready to fail first? (Probably a lot of failing)
Please comment and share your answers below!!! Will respond MORE consistently!
A more frequent writer than last year.
PS. Chicken Fried Rice : 鸡炒饭 Beef Noodles : 牛肉面