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VOA常速英语:Connect With Jude Smith
日期:2021-04-07
My name is Jude Smith.
我叫裘德·史密斯。
Im a seminarian in the Catholic Church, studying to be a priest.
我是天主教堂的神学院学生,正在学习成为一名牧师。
Plans change, you know.
计划会变的,你知道的。
Even though I was, I kind of thought in my back of my head, you know, I would like to retire in Mexico by age 40.
尽管如此,我还是在想,我想在40岁的时候在墨西哥退休。
Well, things change, you know.
嗯,事情会变的,你知道的。
Here I am, giving up the rest of my life for something, which is not giving up, giving the rest of my life for God.
我在这里,为了某种东西放弃了我的余生,这不是放弃,是为了上帝。
Well, I was in real estate for about 20 years but for most of my life, Ive felt calling to the priesthood.
我在房地产行业干了20年,但在我生命的大部分时间里,我感觉自己在召唤牧师。
And since, Id say, the recent passing of my mother about three years ago, that I decided to go ahead and move forward with that calling.
我想说,自从三年前我母亲去世后,我决定继续前行,继续我的使命。
Im comfortable financially and Im comfortable with what Ive made,and thats just not important to me anymore.
我的经济状况很好,我对自己挣的钱也很满意,但这对我来说已经不重要了。
Maybe, if I had a wife and children and more responsibilities in that sense.
也许吧,如果我有妻子和孩子,还会有更多的责任。
But being single, you know, my house is paid for.
但作为单身,你知道,我已经买了房子。
I still have a place in New Orleans.
我在新奥尔良还有个住所。
You know, my mom had just passed away, and theres some property and some finances that she had left to us.
我妈妈刚去世,她留给我们一些财产。
So, that rat race is kind of over for me, in that sense.
从这个意义上说,激烈的竞争对我来说已经没有了。
When I moved from Louisiana, and kind of the motto, even the Glenmary (Home Missioners) missionary,"your life needs to fit into a car."
当我从路易斯安那搬来的时候,甚至有一句箴言,就是家庭传教士的布道,“你的生活家当装进一辆车里就可以了。”
So, that was a pretty big difference from having a house in New Orleans,
这和在新奥尔良买房有很大的不同,
my moms house, 3000 square feet (278 square meters) full of stuff, a lot of it mine,
我妈妈的房子,3000平方英尺(278平方米),满是东西,很多都是我的,
you know, and reducing your life to what you can fit in a car and pick up at any given moment and go on to your next mission and what not.
你知道的,把你的生活减少到你能装进车里的时候,你随时可以带着继续你的下一个任务。
So, thats what I did and packed everything in a car and moved into a very small place over here at Saint Meinrad.
所以我就这么做了,把所有东西装进车里,搬到了圣美因拉德的一个小地方。
Theres something rewarding in minimalist and reduction of things. So, yeah.
在极简主义和简约主义中有一些值得的东西。是的。
And at 48, and like I said, having life experiences, Im not,
在48岁的时候,就像我说的,有关生活经历,我没有,
I dont have that thought of, "Oh, what am I missing?"
我不会想,“哦,我错过了什么?”
you know, "Whats the relationship like? What is romance like?" So, I am,
你们的关系是怎样的?浪漫是什么样的?
I know what its like, you know, and I know that Im giving that up, but I also know what Im giving it up for.
我知道这是什么感觉,我知道我在放弃,但我也知道我放弃是为了什么。
Do I have full support from everybody?
大家都全力支持我吗?
No, you never do.
不,你从来不知道。
I mean, I didnt have that much support of my own family with taking care of my mom, you know.
我的意思是,我没有多么支持我自己的家人照顾我的妈妈,你知道的。
So, but I have, I know I have their love and support, you know, at least somewhat.
但我知道我得到了他们的爱和支持,至少在某种程度上。
But, is thats, its not, my life isnt based upon what other people think, you know.
但是,这不是,我的生活不是基于别人的想法,你知道的。
I have to move on, you know, make my decisions for myself.
我得向前看,为自己做决定。
So, its good to have that support though. So, yeah.
有这样的支持是很好的。是的。