早上好 汉克 今天是周二
Good morning Hank, it’s Tuesday.
What do I have in common with a Catholic priest?
I’d just feel naked without my collar.
It’s Question Tuesday,
the day that I answer real question from real Nerdfighter
Just the one question today:
“I’m a college freshman, how do I figure out what the hell to do with my life?” Hank,
we get some version of this question almost every day,
but to answer the question, I have to begin by disagreeing with it.
The whole”what do I do with my life?” question implies that adulthood is this monolithic creature
that like, you acquire your job and your spouse,
and then you just ride it out until Time’s winged chariot shows up.
I thought this when I was younger too,
and it’s not our fault, because how
does every single happily ever after movie end?
With finding your one true love and kissing them,
occasionally marrying them,
at the very latest having a child with them.
95% of romantic stories end with partners committing to each other,
because everything after that is just the blank,
terrifying morass of adulthood,
this monotonous grind
in which the only real excitement in your life
is occasionally finding a truly ripe avocado at the grocery store.
现在听着 汉克 我没有打算
Now listen, Hank, I’m not going to
lie to you, I get very excited when I
find a truly ripe avocado at the grocery store
but it’s not the only excitement in my life!
And let me submit that one of the reasons
you’re so terrified of figuring out what you
‘re going to do with your life
is that you think you’re only going
to be able to do one thing!
Like if someone told you that in four years you
were going to have to pick one musical note to
listen to for the rest of your life,
you would spend a lot
of time being super anxious about which note to pick
and the various tonal qualities of different notes.
But that’s not what life is like!
You will always be figuring out what to
do with your life, and you’ll
get to do lots of different things,
and your decisions will be unmade by circumstance,
like your wife gets a job in Kuala Lumpur,
or you’re staring at the night sky one night
and decide you wan na get a PhD in astrophysics
Or your uncle dies and there
‘s no one to take over his junkyard
or your little brother starts a frickin’ video conference…
Just like your life now,
adulthood will have all this tension between idealism and practicality,
and you’ll have to balance competing desires.
I mean, give yourself some credit!
Even if you’re 14 or 15,
you’re already kind of doing adulthood.
But I think what actually scared me about choosing
whether to go to school and what to study
was that each time I made a decision, my options narrowed.
Right, like if you’re pre-med,
you’re probably not gon na be a software designer,
and if you study archaeology,
you’re probably not going to become an electrical engineer,
and there is something a little terrifying
about the narrowing of those possibilities
because you become aware that they will continue to narrow until you are dead.
And that sucks, but here’s the other thing,
if you don’t make decisions, the options still narrow!
And you don’t have to do just one thing,
you can be an electrical engineer who volunteers on archaeological digs!
William Carlos Williams was both a poet and a doctor,
Julia Child, aside from being an extraordinary chef,
was also a freaking spy for the United States,
I mean, Hank,
if you told my college self that I’d one day be a novelist
with a side gig putting my mustachioed face
on the torsos of strangers,
I would have been duly surprised.
And you studied organic fracking chemistry before writing songs about Harry Potter.
So here’s my advice: study broadly and without fear.
Learn a language if you can,
because that will make your life more interesting.
Read a little bit every day.
But most importantly, try to surround yourself
with people you like and make cool stuff with them.
In the end, at least in my experience,
what you do isn’t going to be nearly as
interesting or important as who you do it with.
And Hank, that’s why I always say
that the best decision we made as videobloggers was also the first decision:
to collaborate with each other.
Oh, that sounds perilously close
to me saying that I love my brother,
so I need to cut the sentiment a little bit.
我得思考些事 也许我只会说 “你真蠢”或什么的
I need to think of something like maybe I’ll just be like,”You have a stupid face”, or something.
Yeah, that’s good.
汉克 你真蠢 我们周五见
Hank, you have a stupid face. I’ll see you on Friday.
早上好 汉克 今天是周二