by Alex W. Miller
Like everyone else in my graduating class, I had watched the economy turn from bad to worse during my senior year. We graduates had degrees, but very limited prospects[前景]. I packed up my car and drove to Southern California to find work. But what I thought would take a week dragged[拖] into two, and then four, and 100 job applications[申请] later, I found myself in the exact same spot as I was before.
You know that feeling when you wake up and you are just consumed with dread[恐惧]? Days felt like weeks, weeks like months, and those many months felt like an unending eternity[永恒] of destitution[穷困].
So what did I do to maintain my sanity[神志正常]? I wrote. Something about putting words on a page made everything seem a little clearer—a little brighter. I channeled my frustration[沮丧] into a children’s book. Beyond the River was the story featuring a little fish who simply refused to give up on his dream.
And then one day, I was offered a publishing contract for my first book! After that, things slowly began to fall into place. Things change. If you work hard, give it time, and don’t give up, things will always get better. Our dreams lie in wait[隐蔽静候] just a little further upstream…all we need is the courage to push beyond the river.