Saturday, January 05, 2013

sculpting a legacy

I have been thinking about the Huff Post article about living without regret from the other day, the one I linked to a few days ago. His metaphorical deathbed question of "What is your legacy?" stuck with me. What a fun question! What is my legacy? Fortunately, unless you're Tiger Woods or Taylor Swift, you probably don't need to have that question answered by your thirties.

Even so, I spent some time pondering my potential legacies. Will I help fix the broken healthcare system? Change the birth discourse in our country? Photograph something amazing? Eliminate the crisis of street children? Those are cool things. They could work for a great legacy.

But then I thought that those goals, while great, aren't even necessary to fulfill. Maybe I'll just go ice skating with my kids and help them with their college applications, and travel with the hubster and eat lots more cheese. And just maybe that will be good enough to pass on as my legacy. The cheese-eating, travel-loving mom.

Today I received more thought-provocation via NPR. This time the story was about Daniel Gilbert, the psychologist who wrote Stumbling on Happiness, talking about his new research that shows we are bad at predicting the people we'll be in 10 years. I suppose that could mean that there's no point in me pondering my legacy now, since I will no doubt have changed my mind and course in another 10 years.

I guess you could say this message is for me in 10 years. So, Me, how did we do in judging our legacy?


Amie (Triple T Mum) said...

I think for us mere mortals our legacy is our children and that we have raised them to be the best that they can be. That they have a social consciousness, respect for the environment, compassionate towards others and able to use their abilities to the fullest. I am sure there are other things, but I'll leave that for other commenters :)

Mom said...

Whew ! This is a deep thoughts moment . Uncomfortable , a little like thinking about death and if there is an afterlife .

As women, I think the answer is that our children are our legacy . Even in your blog you keep coming back to them and seldom stray to your own accomplishments as being the answer to that question .
Thank you again , if I haven't said so lately , for being my greatest accomplishment . You are a source of my greatest pleasure and my sense of purpose . How will this be different for you and your children ? Tell me in 20 years .

mama lola said...

legacy is an interesting topic to write about. i will have to think more about, but i appreciate you giving me something to think about. i really love the photo of the trees.

and, happy new year mama!

The Lone Home Ranger said...

Thanks! Happy new year to you too!

The Lone Home Ranger said...

Aw, thanks Mom. How sweet! That makes me feel good, and yes, I agree that we don't need to strive for greater legacy than loving and helping our children fulfill their destinies. The grass is always greener where we water it, right?


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