What if today was the last day? What if today was the only day?
Recently I was asked the question:
“What do you want your legacy to be?”
Wow. What a question, right? But, it’s an important question. When you ask yourself this question, it makes you dig deep about what you want to leave behind. What would you want family and friends to remember about you? What would you want your children to know if you could only pass on a short message in a letter or a video? It makes you clear away the clutter and get to the heart of what your message in this world is.
I had a few ideas. I’m sure this is a list that will grow, expand, and change as I continue to live my life. Today, here is what I want you to know:
I want you to know how incredibly essential and significant you are. Yes, you. Right there, reading this. You. This world needs you. Your actions and words and thoughts and energy are an integral part of this universe. And knowing that, I want you to believe in yourself and the potential that is in you. That thing you want? That you tell yourself is too big or expensive or grand or improbable. You can have that. The barriers are an illusion. They are not real. There are obstacles, but they are conquerable. Every single one of them.
That’s what I want you to know.
What I want you to do is test this. Stop believing what you read or see on tv. Try with something small that you’ve been putting off. Figure out what the obstacles are and figure out how to get through and over and under and around. Have fun, be creative, ask for help, get messy and laugh. And then all of a sudden you’ll see you have or have done the thing. Congratulations! Now do something bigger.
That’s what I want you to know. Believe in yourself. Do cool shit. In the great words of L’Oreal “You’re worth it.”So now it’s your turn. What’s the legacy you want to leave?