Someday we are not going to be around here anymore. We know that. At least our physical version. But… our legacy, our accomplishments will stay around. Does that really matter?
I don’t think so.
Every time someone I care about dies, I don’t remember about titles, accomplishments or anything like that. Life is not about that.
I remember stories and how that person impacted my life. Lessons I learned. I remind conversations, moments and feelings.
Prince died on April 21st 2016. Although there’s a lot of top 10 playlists about him, I was sad about the loss and reading stories, like the ones I’ve found on Jimmy Fallon and with my good friend David Hussmann. There’s also emotion, and I could feel that watching Adam Levine performing Purple Rain:
In life, we can win or lose, and that’s normal. What about regrets? Bronnie Ware wrote about 5 regrets of the dying, so make sure you are taking care of these:
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
- I wish I didn’t work so hard.
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
- I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
- I wish that I had let myself be happier.
Every time someone we know dies, we think a little bit about our lives. Are we living like we want it? The Beatles says (The End):
And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to
The love you make
So, I believe we need to create moments to stop for a while. Take a deep breath. Another one. And again.
Don’t know about you. I need to take the word love more seriously. Still learning.
— Daniel Wildt (check other posts)
2 pensamentos sobre “And in the end? What’s your legacy?”
Hi Daniel, a bit more on the subject, read this article from Pieter Hintjens, “A protocol for dying”: http://hintjens.com/blog:115.
Wow, too bad about Pieter. But, as he said, “Being angry or sad at facts is a waste of time”. There’s a bit of stoicism inside that sentence, I believe: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoicism