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双语美文:在爱情面前 独立女子要知道的6件事

时间:2018-07-12 14:05 点击:
要成为独立的女子,就要信任自己。要相信,生命的意义在于实现自己的潜能,在实现生命意义的过程中,你可能——而且往往会遇到一段幸福感人的爱情,独立的女子在

  To be an independent woman is to trust yourself. It is to believe that your life is about fulfilling your individual potential. And while that can and often does include a happy, loving partnership, independent women do one thing -- one crucial thing -- differently: they put themselves first in a world that all but demands they do the opposite.

  要成为独立的女子,就要信任自己。要相信,生命的意义在于实现自己的潜能,在实现生命意义的过程中,你可能——而且往往会遇到一段幸福感人的爱情,独立的女子在一件事上与众不同——一件残酷的事情:她们永远会将自己放在第一位,尽管整个世界对她们的要求恰恰相反。

  Here are six things self-proclaimed independent women should know before they fall in love:

  如果你是一个宣扬自我价值的独立女子,下面6件事是你在坠入爱河之前必须知道的。

  1. You might fear losing the autonomy you've carved out for yourself -- not because you're going to, but because you care so much about it.

  你可能会担心丧失自己苦心培养起来的独立性——这并不意外着你一定会失掉它,只是你太在乎自己的独立性了。

  Committing to someone genuinely can feel sacrificial. You're allowed to be afraid of losing the thing you likely value most, but you're not allowed to let that fear hold you back from other things you want just as much.

  真心的为某个人付出可能会让你觉得牺牲了自己。你有权感到害怕,害怕自己会丧失你最重视的东西,可是别让这种害怕成为你或许其他你同样渴求的东西的阻碍。

  2.Historically, you weren't supposed to maintain your "self," which is part of why it seems so difficult to do now.

  在过去,女子不得不改变“独自”的观念,正因为此,当下的你也会感到阻碍重重。

  Back in the day, you were supposed to find an individual to marry, have your father "give you away" (pass you on as property) at the ceremony, take your new husband's last name, and dedicate your life to your relationship. You didn't have to maintain your sense of self, and it was more of an inconvenience than anything else. The idea that women can both be completely in love and completely devoted to themselves and to their life's work is new territory, and it's culminated in this feeling that we must do everything flawlessly.

  在过去,你不得不找到另一“个体”结为伴侣,让你的父亲在婚礼上将你“托付出去”,接受丈夫的姓氏,用自己的一生来经营你们之间的夫妻关系。你不必保有“自我”的观念,这一点尤其容易带来负面影响。现在有一种全新的观念,认为女子既能完全掌控自己的爱情,也能倾心关注自我,做好自己的工作,实现自己的人生目标。这种新观念背后是深植的文化观念——即一位女子必须把每件事都做到十全十美。

  3.Independent women are not made for relationships in the way that women are "supposed" to be -- and their love is better for it

  一位独立女子的爱情与一般女人“应该”拥有的不一样——她们的感情也因此更美好

  We're not completely, singularly devoted to one thing or another. We value our alone time and sometimes our work or art or well-being comes first. This does not make us unequipped for real love, it facilitates it. The more we ground in who we actually are, the more we can bring that person to a genuine relationship. But getting there often requires letting go of expecting it to look the way the relationships we idolized growing up did. It's rewriting the narrative of what a love is "supposed" to be, and how it "should" feel.

  我们并不能将自己的注意力完完全全的,毫不例外的倾注到一件单独的事物上。我们珍惜自己独处的时间,有的时候会把自己的工作,艺术创作或身体健康放在第一位,这并不会让我们在爱情降临时缺乏准备,反而会利于我们掌控爱情。我们坚守自我的能力越强,就越能够带领着对方一起进入一段真诚的爱情。不过要达到这一境地,我们就必须放弃成长过程中曾期许的恋爱模式,接受一种新的恋爱模式。这是对爱情“应为何物”的改写,对爱情“应有何感”的改写。

  4. Independent women tend to have incredibly high expectations.

  独立的女子往往对感情有着超高的期许

  ...And that's usually the reason why they have trouble with relationships -- romantic and not. We all know the "successful woman" archetype as it's traditionally presented: a cold, calculated, unemotional workaholic. We assume it's this nature that makes them always saddled with relationship issues, but more often, it's that they have such sky-high expectations for themselves and for their work, they have a really hard time not holding their relationships to the same standards. The only problem with that is a lack of insight: you can change your career, but you cannot change another person to be what you expect. And so long as you're focused on changing someone, you're not focused on loving him or her.

  这就是独立的女子往往在爱情中面临问题的原因——无论他们的性格是否追求浪漫。我们都知道文化传统所塑造的“成功女性”固定形象是怎样的:一个性情冰冷,有条不紊的,冷酷无情的工作狂。我们常以为是这种性情让她们对感情问题举棋不定,然而事实上,由于独立的女子对于自己和她们的工作都有超级高的期望值,让她们接受低于自己期望值的感情,就显得尤为困难。这种情况的问题在于,她们没有意识到,你可以改变自己的职业,却不能改变一个人,让他成为完全符合你期望的人。如果你一门心思的想要改变他,你就无法专注于如何去爱他了。

  5.你的情人或许不是你生命中唯一最重要的人,但他会是你生命中最重要的人之一

  Your partner won't be the most important part of your life, but he or she will be one of them.

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