We spend the first part of our lives accumulating stuff and the second part trying to get rid of it.
So when you are gone what will be your legacy?
What will those who knew you remember most?
What do you want to be remembered for?
I will argue that when is comes right down to it we all just want to be remembered for being good people. That we did the right thing. That we cared. This is what I want to believe.
I want to leave this earth with nothing. Maybe I’ll have a few pennies saved up for my son.
And I’m sure I will have a few things that my son or grandkids(if I have any) may want. But just a few. And they will be things with intrinsic value.
My baseball glove that I got for grading in grade 3 that my dad and I picked out.
I can’t think of much else!
Stuff will not be my legacy.
There will be no mindless clutter to sift through. Think of the people left behind that have to go through all that stuff. It is actually hard on them. They don’t really want your old junk. They really have nowhere to put it but feel guilty if they get rid of it.
Who I was as a person is all I want remembered. That I was a good dad. A good friend.
In the end that’s all that counts.
So, what will be your legacy?
Stuff or something bigger?