This one I just recently wrote about for Ama La Vida.
“Legacy is one of those weird things because we don’t have to think about it every day, but to achieve a legacy that impacts people you have to put some thought or intention into it. What makes legacy even harder is that once you die, you can’t change your legacy. You’re done. There is a time limit, and every one of us has a clock that can’t help but tick.
I’m a young one, I know. I’ve got time, but I’m hoping that with some planning and strategic execution, I can create a legacy worth remembering.
I started the journey about three years ago when I picked up the life motto: do things that matter. Since then, it has proved to be an easy way to gauge if I’m spending my time in a way that is helpful or not. Am I doing something that actually matters? The focus here is to do something that is making a positive difference in the world.
If I’m doing something that matters, then I’m depositing in the bank I call life. One day my interest rate will finally catch up with me, and I’ll be granted a legacy that’s equivalent to me. It will be the sum of all my parts. The thing about legacies is they don’t just happen on there own. You have to create it. So here’s what I believe about creating a legacy that matters.
I’ve learned that choosing to do the thing that matters is a heck of a lot harder than just walking away. It’s stunningly easy to make a choice that doesn’t matter.
I’ve learned that we’re not just building legacies; we’re shaping lives. We can enhance or destroy our lives and the lives of the people around us.
I’ve learned that most people aren’t focused on leaving the world a little better than they found it. Most people go through life on autopilot running from one obligation to the next. How can you be more intentional?
I’ve learned that if you want to make a change, you much first change yourself. It’s impossible for a movement to gain momentum without first being set in motion. So if you need me, I’ll be first changing myself.
Day and day out, just trying to do things that matter.”