Life is a journey, then we die.
What we leave behind of our time here is our life legacy.
What do you want to be remembered for?
(what do you think you'll really be remembered for?)
Legacies are important for many folks. Legacies when leaving a job or social group for example. When people leave their job or their social group,
they want to have a certain impression of themselves left behind. Or they want to have certain work accomplished so they feel like they contributed
and that is their legacy.
Do you ever think about what your legacy will be, or is a legacy irrelevant to you and you are just going about living life? Does having a good
legacy even matter? After all, most people are forgotten about within 2 generations after their death. Do you feel the need to leave something
substantial accomplished behind when you leave this life or your place of employment? A monument to your hard work? Art work you have done or a
special collection to pass along? A legacy of a big bank account for descendants for them to remember you by? What do you think people will say
about you at your funeral or in your obituary? When you leave your place of employment or when you leave your social groups .. like ATS .. what do
you think people will say about you? What will your legacy be? Do you care?
What do you want to be known for? Remembered for?
To answer my own question for myself .... I don't think I'll have any kind of legacy at all and, despite that a lot of people think a person should
care, it doesn't matter to me. In fact, I kind of like the anonymity and find the lack of having to work for a legacy to be 'freeing' in many
I no longer can work outside the home and no longer can volunteer like I used to. (health reasons). Six years ago, I stopped working with the
preschoolers and I stopped volunteering at the church and in the schools. Within weeks I was replaced and all the people I worked/volunteered with
faded away from my life within a few months. I was replaced and forgotten. People come and people go. No legacy there.
The only person I have real face to face contact with on a daily basis is my husband. And my daughter when she's home for vacation from College. I
wave to neighbors and smile at the grocery store cashier, but that's it. I don't do social get togethers with people who were friends because, when
you get chronically ill, you find that people fade from your life because you can no longer do the same social things that they can. When I die, the
only people who will be impacted are my husband and, to some extent, my adult daughter. Otherwise, I won't be missed. No legacy there.
Many folks see their kids as their legacy. But my daughter is her own person and not my legacy. I wouldn't want to have the burden of making her
carry a legacy for me through her. That's not fair. She is adopted and wants no children. So it's not like there will be grandchildren or
greatgrandchildren looking at old family photos and checking out their ancestry (I'm not a blood ancestor so they probably wouldn't care much
anyways). No legacy there.
ATS? When I go (either through death or leaving) I'll soon be forgotten and replaced. There are a number of people here who I think could be good
moderators and any one of them could easily fill my vacant spot. People come and go. No legacy there.
St. Terese of Lisieux
, who died young at age 24, said that doing big things to
be remembered by isn't important. It's the small things that go forgotten about or unnoticed that are important - doing with love the small things
that come your way. They won't get noticed and aren't splashy ... no legacy ... but they are what is important. The irony here is ... St. Terese
of Lisieux now has a legacy, that being her 'The Little Way' teachings about not having to do big things and make big impacts. She's probably the
most popular saint in the world right now. (not counting Mary or Joseph).
So anyways, no legacy for me. I'm not working towards one. I'm not even thinking about it. And I don't think I'll be remembered outside of my
husband and daughter so I'll be anonymous soon after death anyways. The reason I am asking ATSers if they want to share what they think they'll be
remembered for is because the TV news is talking about political legacies and that got me thinking about personal legacies.