Vanessa: …①I guess what it comes down to is that I feel like I'm succeeding, yet failing at the same time. I've got this okay pay cheque and a not-so-bad position, but I was hoping to be in management by this time. I don't even have a boyfriend to complain to: I've got no time!
Maria (the counsellor): I understand your problems and I think there are two solutions that we need to look into. The first is career management.
Vanessa: What does that mean?
Maria: You said that you studied computer programming, right?
Vanessa: Yup—and now I'm doing tech support!
Maria: But do you even know what you want to do? When you decided to start studying programming, ②what was your plan of attack?
Vanessa: Wow, jeeze. I…I don't really know. I liked computers, and at the same time I figured there would be career opportunities in the field.
Maria: How much research have you done into those opportunities?
Vanessa: Well, none, to be honest. I've never really thought about it. ③I sort of assumed a career would come knocking at my door.
Maria: It's time you realized that won't happen and made some goals for yourself. The next step is talking to Simon about what kind of opportunities there are within the company. You never know, there might be something available that would 1)pique your interest and help you to stop feeling like you're wasting your time.
Vanessa: Okay, that's a great suggestion! But you said there were two solutions?
Maria: Right, number two: Relax!
Vanessa: What do you mean?
Maria: Your boss was right, Vanessa. You're young. You've got lots of time, so go enjoy your life. By worrying so much, you're adding stress to your life that simply doesn't need to be there. You should get a social life—and quit panicking. Rome wasn't built in a day!
Vanessa: I'd never really considered that, but I guess you're right. Wow, I wish I'd talked to you sooner. I feel so much better now!
Maria: That's my final piece of advice. You need to talk to someone, Vanessa. ④If you keep everything bottled up, you'll end up like those kids over at Foxconn. It can be a family member, a friend, a counsellor—anyone. But you need to talk.
Vanessa: Okay, ⑤I promise to try and make a point of it from now on.
Maria: Great! And why don't you come to see me once a week and let me know how you're progressing?
Vanessa: Will do. Thanks again, Maria!
① I guess what it comes down to is that I feel like I'm succeeding… 我想问题的重点是,我觉得自己既成功了……
come down to: used to introduce the most important factor involved(最重要的是)。例如:
The whole problem comes down to the incompetence of the department head.
② What was your plan of attack? 你的计划是什么?
plan of attack: ideas intended to deal with a situation or a problem(解决问题的办法、计划)。例如:
After some brainstorming, we've come up with a plan of attack to deal with the decline in sales.
③ I sort of assumed a career would come knocking at my door.我好像是在等机会自动出现。
knock at sb.'s door: sth. presents itself to sb. without asking(不请自来)。例如:
In our company, promotion doesn't come knocking at your door. You have to fight for it.
④ If you keep everything bottled up… 如果你总是遏制自己的情绪……
bottle (sth.) up: hold one's feelings within(隐藏、遏制感情)。例如:
You can't bottle everything up like this. Come on, tell me what's wrong.
⑤ I promise to try and make a point of it from now on. 我答应你从现在起,我会重视(倾诉)的。
make a point of sth.: do sth. in a very deliberate or obvious way(重视某事, 强调某事)。例如:
My father loves to make a point of what he says by raising his voice.
注:1) pique [pi:k] v. 激起;激怒