A long while back a friend of mine asked me “What do you want your legacy to be? How do you want to be known?” In the context it was a question as it pertained to where we were in life, at the point school. Yet it is a question that has surfaced from time to time throughout life and one i have been thinking about more lately. I think it is a question that should be asked on a fairly consistent basis. Be it at school, work, home, social life, what is my legacy? When i leave this current situation, what will people say, think, feel? Will i have had a profound impact on the people i have met or none at all? I for one hope to leave a lasting impression at work. If i were to ever leave I want people to look back and see some kind of imprint. See that i cared deeply and had a passion for my work, for people, and for life.
Recently a young woman that i had worked with tragically lost her life in an accident at work at another facility. And although it was a deeply saddening event it was also extremely inspiring. The outpouring of love that i witnessed was overwhelming. I was blown away by the lasting impression she had left. When people would talk about her, they would talk about her passion for life, her passion for people, and her passion for her work. In essence, people were talking about her legacy. It is something that will live on even after she/we/i/you move on to another chapter of life or to that last step of our journey.
The question “What do you want your legacy to be” is a far reaching one. It is also a question that lends itself to another question, “what did you do today to further your legacy?” When i was asked that question i was almost floored. It makes you truly analyze how you lived that day and what affect it had on your legacy. If i asked the question what did i do today to further my legacy at work i would have to answer, truthfully, nothing. Does that make me a bad person? No. But it does put things into perspective as to ways i can improve.
What did i do today to further my legacy in life? Well hopefully this. Sharing what’s going on in this crazy head of mine. I have learned that sometimes the most offhand comments or conversations can have a profound impact on other people, sometimes without you even realizing it.
So really what it all boils down to is “What is your legacy?”
I joined tumblr yesterday and just let me say, count me intimidated. There is so much content out there. I find it hard to imagine anyone wanting to read anything i post. Most people will say “But it doesn’t matter who reads, it should be a space for you (Myspace?)” To that i say, in a rare moment of transparency, i like the attention. More appropriately i like the disconnected attention. The knowing that people are reading and processing without being all up in my bidness. Maybe that will go away. Maybe i will be able to find a niche that interests people. Maybe i just need a minute. (See what i did there?)