2014年10月4日 星期六

My Thinking Places 我的"思考地點"

The Olympic Mountains from Discovery Park

Do you have a "thinking place"?  A thinking place is a place where you go to think.  It's somewhere quiet enough for thinking, or maybe noisy enough for thinking.  It's somewhere that other people don't know about, or else somewhere that's always crowded, always busy, or always popular.  Different kinds of people will prefer different kinds of thinking places.  Your thinking place is always going to be a reflection of your personality, and also the kind of thinking you like to do.  你有沒有一個"思考地方"?  也就是你可以靜下心來思考的地方.也許是個很吵雜的地方, 或是沒什麼人知道的地方, 也可能是擁擠吵鬧或是個熱門的地點.不同個性的人需要的"思考地方"不同, 你所選擇的地方也反映了你的人格特質, 也說明了你想進行的思考類型.

When I lived in Seattle, my thinking place was Discovery Park.  Discovery Park is one Seattle's biggest parks, and you can spend hours walking around inside of it.  Aside from the most popular trails, there are many less-visited parts of Discovery Park, and it is to those places, within sight of the Olympic Mountains, that I went when I wanted to be alone with my thoughts.  我住在西雅圖的時候, 我的"思考地點"是Discovery市立公園.  它是西雅圖其中之一個最大的公園, 大到你可以在公園裡散步幾個小時. 公園裡除了最熱門步道之外, 還有許多少為人知的地方可以去.  在那裏可以看到Olympic山脈, 我喜歡自己一個人去那裏思考事情.

When I lived in Taichung, my thinking place was a big cemetery overlooking the city, on a piece of land that is now part of the Taichung Science Park.  I know that a lot of people are creeped out by cemeteries, but I always went there in the daytime, and it was always the quietest place to be.  It was up this little dirt road behind an old house, and no one ever bothered me there.  我住在台中的時候, 我的"思考地點"是大肚山上的墓地.  現在那塊墳地已經變成中科的一部分了.  我知道很多人覺得去墳地是件很恐怖的事情, 可是我每次都是白天去, 而且那裡真的是最安靜的地方.   我都是從一間老房子後的小石頭路進去, 從來沒看過其他人.

When I lived in Hsinchu, my thinking place was 18 Points Mountain, not far from the Hsinchu Train Station.  There were usually a lot of people hiking in that place, but only on one side of the mountain.  On the other side there was nothing except trees and another old cemetery, and that was where I liked to do my thinking.  I can remember bringing a few friends up there, but I never told them that it was my thinking place.  我住在新竹的時候, 我的"思考地點"就是火車站附近的十八尖山.  平常有很多人在那邊爬山, 可是大部分的人只是去固定的一邊而已.  因為另外一邊只有些樹跟墳墓. 安靜的這一邊適合思考.  我曾帶些朋友去那裏, 只是我沒有跟他們說那是我的"思考地點".

In Taitung, where I now live, I have a couple of thinking places.  One of them is not far from the Jung Hua Bridge, near the Beinan River and the Forest Park.  It is a very quiet place, and aside from a few guys gathering firewood, no one goes there.  I have another thinking place on the way to the Li Ji Badlands, not far from the baseball stadium.  There is a farm in front of it, and the mountains are very pretty when the sun goes down.  在現在住的台東有兩個"思考地點".  一個在中華橋, 卑南溪, 和森林公園附近.  那邊很安靜.  除了檢木頭的人之外, 沒有人想去那裏.  另外一個在利吉惡地, 它在棒球場附近.  它的前面是農田.  那裡的夕陽很漂亮.

I don't visit my thinking places often, but it's good to know they are there.  Life can be confusing sometimes, and there are times when it is best to just get away from everyone and everything, sit down a while, and organize your thoughts.  I suppose a thinking place is like a good friend, who just listens and does not judge you.  I think everyone should have a thinking place, and if you don't you might think about finding one.  我不常去我的"思考地點", 可是它們的存在是一件令人快樂的事.  有時候人生會讓我們很不安.  也有時候就是單純地想一個人坐一下, 整理一下心緒.   一個"思考地點"就像一個好朋友一樣願意聽你說話不會批判你 .  我覺得每個人都應該有一個"思考地點".  你如果沒有的話, 應該找一個.

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  1. "Secret Base(祕密基地)",I call the place like this.

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    1. I considered using "secret base," but this would make most people think of the military! Many kids in the States would call their "thinking place" their "secret place."

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