How old are you now?Looking back on those old days,have you ever regretted for anything?What do you wish you had known at 18?
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毫无头绪吗？那我们先来听听英国《金融时报》的专栏作家以及出席周末活动专版(FT Weekend Festival)的演讲嘉宾他们的答案吧。
You only live once.生命只有一次。
Live it. And enjoy it.享受生活。
Don't flirt with death.认真对待死亡。
Don't take excessive things that are no good to your body.别做太多无益于健康的事。
Whatever you do,first count to10. Because at your age, your hormones are running riot.做任何事之前都数10个数，因为你还是荷尔蒙乱窜的年纪。
Learn how to keep your wits together, and do something creative.学会积累智慧，做有创造性的事。
One of the most important things in life is your sense of humour.人生中最重要的是你的幽默感。
Save your money.存钱。
Don't waste it.不要虚度人生。
Just wake up to yourself.认清自我。
You can be better than you were, so just you wait.你会变得更好，你需要做的就是等待。
Brooke Masters, FT opinion editor
I wish I had known that I didn’t have to make choices quite so early — to stay flexible.I agonized the whole first year about whether I was on the right course or whether I was planning the right future and tried to get everything all lined up and have everything set for four years hence.I wish I had taken more classes that had nothing to do with my major and relaxed and enjoyed it.
Robert Shrimsley, columnist and FT editorial director
The lesson I always wish I’d learnt,and I have to say I still haven’t learnt it,is the ability to shut up.I’m very bad at keeping my mouth shut when something’s on my mind,or when there is something I really feel the need to say.I admire the people who can sit very,very quietly for most of a meeting or conversation and come in with one absolutely devastating point that carries immense respect because they don’t spend their whole time mouthing off.In all walks of life, it’s very easy to be the person who talks rather than the person who listens,but you gain more from listening.When you have something you really need to say and need to be taken seriously,if you’re a person of relatively few words,people pay more attention to you when you do speak.
Phil Wang, comedian
Either have a balanced experience or excel at something,but don’t be mediocre at one thing.If you’re going to be mediocre,at least be mediocre at a bunch of things so you have a full experience.
Jamie Susskind, barrister and author of ‘Future Politics’
The first people you meet are not necessarily going to be your best friends—don’t worry about it.Don’t get caught up in trying to go to the parties everyone’s expected to go to,rather,try to find people with whom you can forge close connections and who will be with you decades afterwards.
Martin Wolf, FT chief economics commentator
The answer to that question [what do you wish you had known at 18?] is nothing.I’m sure I didn’t know what was going to happen to me and if I look back on my life now—this is more than 50 years ago—all pleasure and excitement comes out of the things you never expected.
Gillian Tett, US managing editor at the FT and author
First, if you go to parties or bars,make sure you drink as many glasses of water as of alcohol:believe me,you will be grateful later on.Second,be friendly with everybody because you never know where they will end up.You will change,they will change and one day you may want to be friends with them even if you don’t think you do initially.Third, and the most important thing,is follow your passions.Don’t feel you have to follow the crowd and become an accountant or lawyer just because everyone else is doing it.
So,What do you wish you had known at 18?
Okay,Let’s focus on a piece of recent news.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said she will resign after several failed attempts to take the country out of the European Union.Standing in front of the prime minister’s official home ,May said,I will shortly leave the job that has been the honor of my life to hold.She added,it is,and will always remain,a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.
May became prime minister after Britain voted in 2016 to leave the European Union in what became known as Brexit.For nearly three years,she was not able to get parliament to approve a Brexit deal.Britain now has until October 31st to secure an agreement to leave the EU.May will resign as Conservative Party leader on June 7th.Her resignation will lead to a party leadership election.
European Commission President Jean - Claude Juncker called May a woman of courage for whom he has great respect.Also,the spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that the EU will continue to work closely with Britain’s next leader for an orderly exit .
◆all walks of life
A walk of life 行业；职业；地位；阶层
resign as 辞去...的职务 resign as manager 辞去经理的职务
resign oneself to 听任；顺从 resign oneself to one’s fate 听天由命
◆get everything all lined up 将一切安排得井井有条
Line up 排成一行；站队
Okay,that’s all for today,wish you a good grade in CET,see you next semester.Bye~