Last month my 93 year old great uncle passed away. He was my grandmother’s big brother whom she loved dearly. His funeral service was awesome. There were many people there to celebrate his life. I have a habit of thinking of my mother’s funeral, and wondering how mine will be every time I attend a funeral. I know that is kind of a dark thought, but some day it’s going to happen. (Hopefully, I’m 93 when it does.) I wonder who will show up, what people will say about me, but I mostly think about what my legacy will be. What will I be remembered for?
We all know of someone that passed away who was not that great of a person when they were alive, and everyone acts like they like them once they’re dead. Let’s be real people, everyone doesn’t go to “heaven”, not everyone is resting in peace either, just to let you know. There is much debate on whether there is a heaven or a hell, and I won’t get into that. I just want to start the thought process of creating your legacy, and not letting life pass you by.
One reason why I live my life to the fullest is because my mother wasn’t able to do so. She died way too early, and before that her life drastically changed and she wasn’t able to take care of herself by the age of 43, if I remember correctly. I was in 10th grade when she first got sick, and I got to see everything first hand that she was going through. It’s tough to see your mother in such a vulnerable situation. At one point it’s like she became my child because I had to take care of her. I know there was so much that she still wanted to see and do in her life, and that was cut short.
The truth is, none of us know the day nor the hour. You only live once, so you might as well enjoy the hell out of it. Love often, laugh much, and go see different places! Go after whatever goal you have been scared to go after. Talk to that guy or girl that you think is out of your league. Buy that pair of shoes that you’ve been eyeing. Just live! I think there definitely has to be a balance between living life, and being responsible. Yes, you should save money, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while you’re saving. I bet there is a cheaper way to do whatever you want to do anyway, you just haven’t figured it out yet. Long story short, go live your best life! My daily goal is to live my best life, and that is different for everyone. Figure out what that is for you, and go do it. If you are already doing that, then good on you.