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2006年NPR美国国家公共电台六月-Choosing Life Over Career

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No matter what the wages might be for a typical job after college, commentator1 Dana Goldman has decided2 they are not enough.

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I used to wake up in the middle of the night from nightmares about mowing3 my boss's lawn. Hours later, I'd find myself picking up dead mice in a windowless, centre-block room I shared with four co-workers. I'd fall asleep soon after arriving home, hoping for no more nightmares. But eight or ten or twelve hours of rest couldn't resolve my anxiety. So last year, I handed back my office key. I started marketing4 myself as someone who'd do just about anything for money as long as it was legal, ethical5 and part-time.

A two-day a week at teaching high school students gave me enough steady income to pay rents and health insurance. I loaned out my body for a clinical research study, copy-edited a friend's feminist6 Christian7 novel and wrote press releases on scientific discoveries. At moments, I felt in over my head like when nurses drew blood from my arms every ten minutes for twelve hours straight. For a few months, I worried about having enough money, but I've always been frugal8 and now I have even more motivation to spend and save thoughtfully.

So I use the library instead of going to the bookstore. I rent part of my friend's house and work a few hours a week at a local community garden in exchange for cheap organic produce. And I'm ready to drive my nine-year-old car to its grave rather than take out a car loan. Now, flipping9 through a clothes catalogue, I can't help noting that brand-name jeans just don't seem that different from the ones I get at the thrift10 store, paying less than I used to for a sandwich. Without a daily job to report to, I revel11 in occasional two-hour weekday lunch with my mom and dad. Without a budget for eating out, I've learned to bake, and my 9 to 5 friends are always grateful to gather in my kitchen. "You're so much happier now", my best friend says. And that's true. After a few months away from my former job, my anxiety disappeared, as did the need for therapist and even escapist movies.

Someday, if I want to buy a house or have a kid, I know I'll need more money. Security will be more important then. I may need to trade in my odd jobs for work that's more stable or substantial. But for now, I'm doing things I love on my own terms and keeping my options open. Pocket changes are all I need to live happily and I don't want for anything I can't get at the grocery store. I'm beginning to understand that happiness and money are not always connected in the way I once thought. And for now at least, simplicity12 can be everything.

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Commentator Dana Goldman lives and works, or not, in Atlanta. This is Morning Edition from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne. And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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nightmares : n.梦魇, 恶梦, 可怕的事物(night夜+mare鬼)
mow one's lawn : 给某人修剪草坪.
market oneself : 推销某人
feminist : n. 男女平等主义者, 女权扩张论者
frugal : adj. 节省的; 俭朴的; 量少的, 花钱少的
brand-name jeans : 品牌牛仔裤
revel in: 深爱, 酷爱; 纵情于, 沉湎于
therapist : n. 临床医学家
escapist : adj. 逃避现实的; n.逃避现实者

thrift store : 跳蚤市场,物美价廉,装修简易的商店,如上海的襄阳路市场。

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1 commentator JXOyu     
n.注释者,解说者;实况广播评论员
参考例句:
  • He is a good commentator because he can get across the game.他能简单地解说这场比赛,是个好的解说者。
  • The commentator made a big mistake during the live broadcast.在直播节目中评论员犯了个大错误。
2 decided lvqzZd     
adj.决定了的,坚决的;明显的,明确的
参考例句:
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
3 mowing 2624de577751cbaf6c6d7c6a554512ef     
n.割草,一次收割量,牧草地v.刈,割( mow的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • The lawn needs mowing. 这草坪的草该割了。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • "Do you use it for mowing?" “你是用它割草么?” 来自汉英文学 - 中国现代小说
4 marketing Boez7e     
n.行销,在市场的买卖,买东西
参考例句:
  • They are developing marketing network.他们正在发展销售网络。
  • He often goes marketing.他经常去市场做生意。
5 ethical diIz4     
adj.伦理的,道德的,合乎道德的
参考例句:
  • It is necessary to get the youth to have a high ethical concept.必须使青年具有高度的道德观念。
  • It was a debate which aroused fervent ethical arguments.那是一场引发强烈的伦理道德争论的辩论。
6 feminist mliyh     
adj.主张男女平等的,女权主义的
参考例句:
  • She followed the feminist movement.她支持女权运动。
  • From then on,feminist studies on literature boomed.从那时起,男女平等受教育的现象开始迅速兴起。
7 Christian KVByl     
adj.基督教徒的;n.基督教徒
参考例句:
  • They always addressed each other by their Christian name.他们总是以教名互相称呼。
  • His mother is a sincere Christian.他母亲是个虔诚的基督教徒。
8 frugal af0zf     
adj.节俭的,节约的,少量的,微量的
参考例句:
  • He was a VIP,but he had a frugal life.他是位要人,但生活俭朴。
  • The old woman is frugal to the extreme.那老妇人节约到了极点。
9 flipping b69cb8e0c44ab7550c47eaf7c01557e4     
讨厌之极的
参考例句:
  • I hate this flipping hotel! 我讨厌这个该死的旅馆!
  • Don't go flipping your lid. 别发火。
10 thrift kI6zT     
adj.节约,节俭;n.节俭,节约
参考例句:
  • He has the virtues of thrift and hard work.他具备节俭和勤奋的美德。
  • His thrift and industry speak well for his future.他的节俭和勤勉预示着他美好的未来。
11 revel yBezQ     
vi.狂欢作乐,陶醉;n.作乐,狂欢
参考例句:
  • She seems to revel in annoying her parents.她似乎以惹父母生气为乐。
  • The children revel in country life.孩子们特别喜欢乡村生活。
12 simplicity Vryyv     
n.简单,简易;朴素;直率,单纯
参考例句:
  • She dressed with elegant simplicity.她穿着朴素高雅。
  • The beauty of this plan is its simplicity.简明扼要是这个计划的一大特点。
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