相信自己To Trust in Yourself - 笔记录英语作文网
I lost my sight when I was four years old by falling off a box car in a freight yard in Atlantic City and landing on my head. Now I am thirty-two. I can vaguely remember the brightness of the sunshine and what the red color is. It would be wonderful to see you again, but a calamity can do strange things to people.
It occurred to me the other day that I might not have come to love life as I do if I hadn t been blind. I believe in life now. I am not so sure that I would have believed in it so deeply, otherwise. I don t mean that I would prefer to go without my eyes. I simply mean that the loss of them made me appreciate the more what I had left.
Life, I believe, asks for a continuous series of adjustments to reality. The more readily a person can make these adjustments, the more meaningful his private world becomes. The adjustment is never easy. I was bewildered and afraid. But I was lucky. My parents and my teachers saw something in me a potential to live, you might call it which I didn t see, and they made me want to fight it out with blindness.
我认为，生活要求人不断地自我调整以适应现实。人愈能及时地进行调整，他的个人世界便愈有意义。调整决非易事。我曾感到茫然害怕，但我很幸运，父母和老师在我身上发现了某种东西 可以称之为活下去的潜力吧 而我自己却没有发现。他们激励我誓与失明拼搏到底。
The hardest lesson I had to learn was to believe in myself. That was basic. If I hadn t been able to do that, I would have collapsed and become a chair rocker on the front porch for the rest of my life. When I say belief in myself I am not talking about simply the kind of self-confidence that helps me down an unfamiliar staircase alone. That is part of it. But I mean something bigger than that: an assurance that I am, despite imperfections, a real, positive person that somewhere in the sweeping, intricate pattern of people there is a special place where I can make myself fit.
It took me years to discover and strengthen this assurance. It had to start with the most elementary things. Once a man gave me an indoor baseball, I thought he was mocking me and I was hurt. I can t use this, I said. Take it with you, he urged me, and roll it around. The words stuck in my head. Roll it around! By rolling the ball I could hear where it went. This gave me an idea of how to achieve a goal I had thought impossible: playing baseball. Philadelphia's OverbrookSchoolfor the Blind I invented a successful variation of baseball. We called it ground ball.
我花了很长时间才树立并不断加强这一信念。这要从最简单的事做起。有一次一个人给我一个室内玩的棒球，我以为他在嘲笑我，心里很难受。 我不能使这个。 我说。 你拿去， 他竭力劝我， 在地上滚。 他的话在我脑子里生了根。 在地上滚！ 滚球使我听见它朝哪儿滚动。我马上想到一个我曾认为不可能达到的目标：打棒球。在费城的奥弗布鲁克盲人学校，我发明了一种很受人欢迎的棒球游戏，我们称它为地面球。
All my life I have set ahead of a series of goals and then tried to reach them, one at a time. I had to learn my limitations. It was no good to try for something I knew at the start was wildly out of reach because that only invited the bitterness of failure. I would fail sometimes anyway but on average I made progress.