|11-12-2010, 08:55 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2008
I`m in a difficult situation... it`d be awesome if some of you could share some ideas about it
Well, I`m a poor starving sudent (lol) and as you can imagine desperately looking for a job. I finally found one... and not just a random one but a really good one...sort of. It`s a translating job - something that I have been looking for for a long time. I`m quite good at languages and this kind of work would be perfect while I`m still studying...
I was even more happier when I found out that they are looking for someone to work with philosophical and self-help texts because I happen to study philosophy.
Translation jobs are hard to get, specially the ones focusing on the Humanities...they are all taken.
So a perfect oppurtunity...
In addition to philosophical and self-help texts, they`d want me to translate books on occultism...taro, etc. I`m not comfortable with that because of my history with the subject...
When I was young (and not very smart, mildly put), I was really fascinated with all the psychic stuff and engaged in some dangerous practices..and got burned.
I managed to put all that behind me (well not completely as this post shows), heal and move on with my life. At some point I promised myself that I`d never engage in that kind of things again... and I have kept my promise with ease. I have kept away from the "paranormal" stuff...I`m not a materialist, I`m spiritual but I do not meddle into the "invisible"... meaning that I dont dwell on the paranormal, I dont try to influence or figure out anything... I have enough work to get done in the "visible" world and I plan on focusing on it...
Some ugly things happened to me and it was very hard at first to change the course back to the "visible". But I managed it and I have been VERY happy since. I don`t want to engage myself with that kind of things again..I just don`t want to.
But then again, I looked at some occultism books that the company has translated and they all sound very "soft" and innocent... no hardcore witchcraft
I guess I`m doubting because 1. I`m scared...that something bad could happen to me again. 2. I don`t want to break my promise because its a promise that saved my life 3. I`m not sure that I could "not get into" the books... I mean, in order to translate well you have to get involved and dig into it... I don`t know if I could keep myself and the text apart...
Has any of you worked as a translator before? Any ideas?
|11-12-2010, 09:52 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2007
I have no advice for being a translator, but I get a strong sense that you don't want this job, but can see it will be a real opportunity lost...Personally I have learnt when you have strong convictions about something, you should stick to it, even if you miss out on something potentially great. It's hard, but I always find when I go against my gut feeling, intuition, for the chance of something that looks like it could be great on the outside, I get myself into trouble.
I just did this myself recently, got offered a great opportunity (like awesome) but I would have had to tell a bit of a white lie to get what I want. The dellima was, to go for the great opportunity, or do what my "true self" would normally do. This time I went with my "true self"...I can't say it helped with the opportunity, but boy I felt so at ease with my decision if I went with the white lie, to get what I wanted. I think it would of ended in disaster if I had lied.
Some people may say this will be a good opportunity to become more comfortable with occultism, but I would say personally, if this is something you do want to learn more about or get more comfortable do it in your own time. Slowly ease yourself into it.
Last edited by ellie; 11-12-2010 at 09:56 AM.
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