We may not be comfortable with talking about the end of life. Yet, it’s one of the things that enables us to reflect on the questions that help jumpstart reflections.
Ask yourself, “What do you want to be known for?”,
“What legacy will you leave behind?”
or even “Who gets your car?”
When we look deeply inwards, do we realize our true purpose and the mark we can leave in this world?
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What Does Legacy Mean?
leg·a·cy /ˈle-gə-sē / noun
- “a gift by will especially of money or other personal property or something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.”
What Legacy Will You Leave Behind?
We asked our team here at Everdays about what they wanted their legacy to be. It was incredible to receive many different types of answers to this question. The most common response was people’s children as their legacy. Here are some other answers:
- Collection of French fedoras
- My name and my family
- My sense of humor and love for life
- Documented memories, my sketches, and hopefully a few books
- I want most of what my husband and I earn during our lives to go to Children International.
- My work in robotics
- My personable charm
- Compassion and support for charities
- Stable Wi-Fi
- Launching TWO cars into orbit
A Special Legacy
Lastly, we received one very special and beautiful entry from a team member, about the legacy he hopes to create. It was deeply thoughtful making us all reflect on life and #whatmattersmost.
“My love for broken cars that I cannot afford to fix. Maybe someone can fix them when I’m gone. I also like driving really fast and doing cool things in my cars. Hopefully, someone will remember me as a daredevil or thrill seeker — someone who wanted to have fun in life.
I once helped a single mother find her child. I hope I am remembered as someone who was willing to risk life and limb to reunite lost children in Walmart or just willing to help in general.
Hopefully, I am remembered as willing to try new things and being open minded because I’ve eaten a lot of exotic meats.
Finally, I want my legacy to reflect that I started from literally nothing and learned everything necessary for me to progress my life professionally, socially, and financially. I don’t know what that would be if it were to be an object or an ideal, but that’s what comes to mind when I think of a legacy I’d leave behind.”
What do you want your legacy to be? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and join us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram sharing your legacy with the hashtag #WhatMattersMost. Tell us what truly matters to you, today.
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