I feel a chill when I ponder my legacy. I don’t want to think that the end of my life is close, but the reality is that each day is a gift. When I was younger, I never really gave the idea of leaving a legacy much thought. At this stage of my life, I’m beginning to really consider how I want to live.
How do I want people to remember me when I’m gone?
I realize that so much of what seemed important during our first 50 years often pales in comparison to what really matters to us after we turn 50.
This being half a century old is a reality check!
It's time for an interim review. A performance evaluation.
What needs to change in order for me to feel great about my life when I arrive at the end?
What do I want to leave behind?
For me, and I imagine for most people, it comes down to one very simple concept…
How do I spread the most love?
How do I let go of any selfish tendencies that get in the way of giving love to others?
Regardless of what else I accomplish in my lifetime (and there's plenty on that list), the legacy I’d most like to leave behind is one of love.
Love for others
Love for life
Love for myself
Sounds simple and difficult at the same time, but I’m ready to try. It's only been a few days since I wrote about Judgement and Kindness, yet I feel a shift in the way I view and treat others.
It’s actually a little remarkable. Just being aware and acknowledging the times when I fall short, is enough to begin shifting.
Being human is so cool.
As a side note, I’ve also been thinking about the physical legacy that I’ll leave behind.
I recently saw this post on an Instagram account that I follow…
"One day, all your children will have are pictures of you. Make sure you’re in them. No matter what your hair looks like, your makeup or your body. They won’t care about any of that, they’ll just want to see you."
Okay, really? I can’t see through the tears as I type this.
I’m always the one taking the photos of my family. Currently, there are not very many recent photographs with me in them. I don’t mind being the subject of a photo, but I guess I’m happier capturing the image.
I see now that I need to turn the lens on myself...starting today.
I’m hopeful that this will be an easy way to add to the legacy of love I want to leave to my children.
What do you want your legacy to be?
Do you have current photos of yourself?
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Hello, I'm Kristen.
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