What is Legacy?
It’s a word we usually retain for after someone has departed for the Big City in the Sky, (or wherever you believe we go after this life.)
But Legacy is not as final as we think. We’re creating our own legacies, Every Single Day.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we thought of our legacy as our everyday? It’s the things we do each day, the people we affect each day, the conversations we have, the changes we make.
Sometimes, we make changes in our lives that take us on a new direction. Sometimes, the change is subtle and yet, whether big or small, all changes lead us on a new journey.
Change is good. Change is what you make it.
But just because you come to the end of something, doesn’t mean that it’s over. You will always have the memories you made. You will always have the lessons you learned. You will always be who you are, based on what you’ve done, who you’ve met and what you’ve been through.
May it be an ending relationship, an ending friendship, an ending job, a change in career, an end of a process… all of the things that we do, every day, have made and DO make us who we are. Our past has brought us to our now, and it shapes where we are going.
I’m thinking of a special friend as I write this today. Big change is happening for this friend. And I need her to know a few things:
This is not an end. It is simply a change in direction.
It is the right change for her.
She has touched the lives of so many, in many positive ways.
She has influenced more young people than you could imagine.
Rather than being sad that something is over, we need to be glad that it happened; to understand that its highs and its lows ALL contributed to what we learned from it. And know that as we leave something, or someone, we can choose which memories to take with us.
We all leave footprints; we don’t remember every single step we ever took, but we know that every single step had to be taken to get us to where we are.
THAT is our legacy. And we’re still creating it.
So , to you, (whose name means “Together” or “One” and which actually suits you perfectly considering the “together” YOU helped create), don’t be sad.
Smile at the memories (and friends) that you made, acknowledge the footprints you’ve left and get excited at the thought of the next stage of your journey.
It’s yours. Dance through it.
You have many more footprints to leave.