実践ビジネス英語 2020/9/25 L10(6) What Are Friends For? (6)
Regrets. I’ve had a few. At the beginning of our current vignette, Ueda describes a magazine article about the top 5 regrets of people who are dying. I share 2 of the regrets that made that list. One of them is not having kept in touch with old friends. The other is I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. I was ambitious in my younger days. So, I worked a full time job and wrote books and articles on top of that. I studied the latest public relations practices overseas and always made myself available for business trips both in and out of the country.
You must have been extremely busy.
I was. Back then it was still considered a virtue to work hard for very long hours. Now, however, I regret not spending enough time with my children as they were growing up. A person’s career is important, but it’s not the end-all be-all. You’re only young once, as they say. I’ve also been frugal in my private life, like many Japanese of my generation. Once I bought an 8mm home movie camera to record the growth of my children. I didn’t use it very often, though. Just took a few shots here and there, and only for a few seconds at a time. I later had the films converted to video, and most recently put on DVDs, but my children were not too impressed. They wondered why the scenes change so rapidly. I was economizing on the film but I should have spent more money to record the growth of my family. Now, Heather, do you have any regrets you’d like to share with us?
end-all be-all 究極の目的、最も大切な[重要な]もの[こと]
Well, there are regrets that I can share with others, and regrets that I keep almost entirely to myself. As you can probably guess,