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  • 翻訳: Satoshi Tatsuhara 校正: Takako Sato

  • Imagine a big explosion

  • as you climb through 3,000 ft.

  • Imagine a plane full of smoke.

  • Imagine an engine going clack, clack, clack,

  • clack, clack, clack, clack.

  • It sounds scary.

  • Well I had a unique seat that day. I was sitting in 1D.

  • I was the only one who could talk to the flight attendants.

  • So I looked at them right away,

  • and they said, "No problem. We probably hit some birds."

  • The pilot had already turned the plane around,

  • and we weren't that far.

  • You could see Manhattan.

  • Two minutes later,

  • three things happened at the same time.

  • The pilot lines up the plane with the Hudson River.

  • That's usually not the route.

  • (Laughter)

  • He turns off the engines.

  • Now imagine being in a plane with no sound.

  • And then he says three words --

  • the most unemotional three words I've ever heard.

  • He says, "brace for impact ."

  • I didn't have to talk to the flight attendant anymore.

  • (Laughter)

  • I could see in her eyes,

  • it was terror. Life was over.

  • Now I want to share with you three things I learned about myself that day.

  • I learned that it all changes in an instant.

  • We have this bucket list,

  • we have these things we want to do in life,

  • and I thought about all the people I wanted to reach out to that I didn't,

  • all the fences I wanted to mend,

  • all the experiences I wanted to have and I never did.

  • As I thought about that later on,

  • I came up with a saying,

  • which is, "I collect bad wines."

  • Because if the wine is ready and the person is there, I'm opening it.

  • I no longer want to postpone anything in life.

  • And that urgency, that purpose,

  • has really changed my life.

  • The second thing I learned that day --

  • and this is as we clear the George Washington Bridge,

  • which was by not a lot --

  • I thought about, wow,

  • I really feel one real regret.

  • I've lived a good life.

  • In my own humanity and mistakes,

  • I've tried to get better at everything I tried.

  • But in my humanity,

  • I also allow my ego to get in.

  • And I regretted the time I wasted

  • on things that did not matter

  • with people that matter.

  • And I thought about my relationship with my wife,

  • with my friends, with people.

  • And after, as I reflected on that,

  • I decided to eliminate negative energy from my life.

  • It's not perfect, but it's a lot better.

  • I've not had a fight with my wife in two years.

  • It feels great.

  • I no longer try to be right;

  • I choose to be happy.

  • The third thing I learned --

  • and this is as your mental clock

  • starts going, "15, 14, 13."

  • You can see the water coming.

  • I'm saying, "Please blow up."

  • I don't want this thing to break in 20 pieces

  • like you've seen in those documentaries.

  • And as we're coming down,

  • I had a sense of, wow,

  • dying is not scary.

  • It's almost like we've been preparing for it our whole lives.

  • But it was very sad.

  • I didn't want to go; I love my life.

  • And that sadness

  • really framed in one thought,

  • which is, I only wish for one thing.

  • I only wish I could see my kids grow up.

  • About a month later, I was at a performance by my daughter --

  • first-grader, not much artistic talent ...

  • ... yet.

  • (Laughter)

  • And I'm bawling , I'm crying, like a little kid.

  • And it made all the sense in the world to me.

  • I realized at that point,

  • by connecting those two dots,

  • that the only thing that matters in my life

  • is being a great dad.

  • Above all, above all,

  • the only goal I have in life

  • is to be a good dad.

  • I was given the gift of a miracle,

  • of not dying that day.

  • I was given another gift,

  • which was to be able to see into the future

  • and come back

  • and live differently.

  • I challenge you guys that are flying today,

  • imagine the same thing happens on your plane --

  • and please don't --

  • but imagine, and how would you change?

  • What would you get done that you're waiting to get done

  • because you think you'll be here forever?

  • How would you change your relationships

  • and the negative energy in them?

  • And more than anything, are you being the best parent you can?

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

翻訳: Satoshi Tatsuhara 校正: Takako Sato

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