“One day you will leave this world and only be a memory to those who know you. What legacy are you leaving behind?”
How many of you had have ever pondered upon this question? Well, I never did until I wrote about it. Some of you might think that this question is suited only for older generations and you are way too young to think about it. But the fact is this question is tailor fit for the age group which is still at a distance from the category of old age.
Our death is or will be the day when our entire life will be evaluated under the umbrella of legacy. That said, the article is not about death or old generation, but about giving a right direction to our lives and making conscious choices about our perspective and the legacy we will leave behind. Our legacy is the sum of our past, present and future experiences. With every individual’s distinct legacy, he/she creates an unparagoned signature in this world.
Legacy will undoubtedly be left behind, but what will be its nature, solely depends upon you. Legacy is the reflection of how we live. While penning down these thoughts, my mind is jostling with the answers to know what legacy will I leave behind if I die today? On a similar note, I would like every reader friend of mine to create a list of five things which will form part of his/her legacy today? ( Remember it will be a mix of positive and negative aspects of your life)
But before all this, first, read this article till the end to comprehend the power of legacy. Legacy is the most powerful and valuable charity one can make to the world. Some people might even question – What is the need of leaving a legacy behind?
Well, it’s essential because you are indebted to do so. Every individual’s life is connected to other in a way that his actions reap the seeds of the result in others life. Therefore, it becomes your core duty as a human to filter your acts, so as to reap the results of goodness and positivity.
But what should be done to leave a good legacy? That said, our actions are the best measure of the legacy we are creating for our generations to come. But these acts need to be broadly categorised for the ease of decipherment. The categories being discussed here below:
Your legacy passes through your genes which hold the coded information of the life as lived by your ancestors and you. It has coded clues of your knowledge, skills, habits, personality, character, nature and even your medical illness. Therefore live a life of good virtues, develop good habits, avoid bad acts and remain healthy physically and mentally.
Your social life very much impacts the society you live in and leave behind. I am not advising you about being a socialite, but become a philanthropist or a social activist. There is absolutely no need to advertise your role to the entire world, but be the best-exemplified person in your own capacity.
Your simple and responsible lifestyle also has a great impact on the environment. Stop environmental degradation of our planet. Reduce your level of dependency on non-renewable natural resources, plant more trees, kill fewer animals, save water and electricity for future generations and avoid the use of plastic bags. Leading a life of positive measures in parallel to nature is the best of legacy you would leave behind.
I agree the world has an evil face to it, but its makeover can only be done through goodness. Self-discover your-self and increase your level of self-awareness. Try and meditate regularly so as to practice conscientious and conscious life. Increase your level of tolerance and acceptance towards people and their thoughts.