I wished I could remember the quote that I had read the other day about building your own legacy. For me, it really did fit well and I knew that it was powerful.
And then with the news of the death of my friend, I kept it in the back of my mind. But forgot the exact quote. And I began to wonder what was HIS legacy? What was he going to leave behind for generations to remember? Come to find out there’s a lot of things that people will remember of him. More than any of his own neighbors, friends, and yes- family could ever think of or fathom.
I think that all of us want to be remembered for something. We want to be sure that we’ve done something in our lives that it definitely made an impact on those around us, those whom we’ve met, and those whom we’ve come to love.
But we can’t just build statues of everyone. There are over six billion people in the world, and there’s not enough room for six billion statues or memorials. So we have to work on our own legacy, our own destiny, as to what we will be remembered by when we pass on.
I do not think that there’s anything wrong with wanting to be successful. However, success is measured differently from one person to another. And how we reach that particular goal also has its own set of boundaries and guidelines to where we can say that we were successful with something in life.
Many think of people like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and James Dean. They curved the path of their own successes and failures and came out to be very influential for millions of people of their time, even for people today.
Not everyone was meant to stand beside those kinds of examples. But each person in the world is meant to mean something to another. And honestly, that’s all you really need to begin to build that legacy in which you will leave behind. Some were meant to have physical beauty, others were to be wealthy. But think about this: even though they have those things, they may not have had happiness. And if you were well known for being one of the happiest people on the planet, then that is your destiny, your legacy.
And even if we don’t believe that we have reached success, there’s always going to be someone who is outside of the box who can see better than we can. Those are the kinds of people that come to conclusions of success in places where we weren’t even looking in the first place. Never dismiss what people see in you. Allow them to show you the good in yourself. Ignore the negative, and then improve upon it all.
I do not know what my own legacy will be. Whether it be my passion for sledge hockey, or music or other talents in language. I don’t know. But what I can do, is work on the very best of me, and make sure that I make it even better.
Take inventory of what you know you do best. And what others know that you do excel in, and improve upon it. There’s a reason why they say “the sky is the limit”.
And those will be the things that people talk about for generations.