How do you want to be remembered?

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Happiness & Intentional Living: legacy

Do you ever think about your legacy?

Maybe you think legacy is for later. Down the road. Years from now. Maybe it seems like a post-retirement thing to consider.

To be honest, “legacy” isn’t a word that’s ever resonated much for me. It seemed a little lofty for my life.

But then I started thinking about what makes up a legacy, and a bunch of questions came to mind.

Questions like:

  • What is one thing, if never pursued, you’d always regret?
  • What one word do you want used to describe you? Would people currently describe you that way?

And that’s when the word “legacy” started to have emotional resonance for me. Because I realized a legacy is not something far off. It’s closer than we often think.

In fact, it’s very much about today, this moment, right now.

Because how you’re living today is your legacy.

Or as John Glenn said: “I’m not interested in my legacy. I made up a word: ‘live-acy.’ I’m more interested in living.”

So I’ve been thinking about my own legacy…about how I’m living today.

And here’s what I know. I don’t want to talk about the same dreams, year after year, but never pursue them. Never make them a priority.

Deferring dreams is not the legacy I want to leave behind.

I want my legacy to be: She believed in making her dreams come true.

That changes how I show up. Today, and the next day—and all my days.

Speaking of which, I’ve had a secret dream for years. You can read how I got serious about my dream in July and by September it was reality.

What about you? How is your live-acy creating your legacy?

PS. Want to explore your legacy? Here are 17 questions you can use as journaling prompts.

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