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What will you leave behind?


Have you ever considered how you will be remembered when you are no longer here? The memories you leave behind will help determine your legacy, which can live on long past your time here on earth. When we are alive, most of us strive to live the best and most enjoyable life possible, but there is so much more that we can do and accomplish with our time to make a difference in others' lives. The legacy that we leave behind can help our memory live on in the minds and actions of those that come after us and, in many cases, is far more important than the things that we acquire during our lifetime.


Determine what is most important to you

We can consciously make the decision to leave behind a legacy that will improve the lives of others and make a difference in our community. To determine the type of legacy that we will leave, we must first identify the things in life that are most important to us. Do we enjoy mentoring others, improving the lives of those less fortunate, helping children, saving animals, or advocating for a greener environment? No matter what we are passionate about, we can turn our values and interests into something that is passed down through the generations creating good for everyone it touches.


Here are just a few simple examples of ways that we can create story for family and a legacy that will withstand the test of time.


Teach others

Is there a subject that you consider yourself an expert on? Perhaps you have worked for years in an exciting career, have extensive knowledge on a particular hobby, or have valuable insights into politics or world views. If so, why not mentor others and teach them everything you have to share.


When we take the time to pass along our knowledge base, we are helping to educate both our students and all of the students that will come after them. By empowering those you teach, you encourage them to build upon your ideas. This will create new innovations and exciting ideas in the future, and your mentorship will have played a vital role in it.


Donate to charity

Many people think that leaving behind a legacy means leaving behind a significant amount of money. This doesn't have to be the case. Donating to charity is an excellent way to make a difference in the lives of those in your community, and you don't have to wait until you are no longer here to do it. Also, you don't have to be rich to make a difference. Donating any sum of money can help those in need. Also, there is so much more than just money that you can contribute. Gently used items are always in demand, and so is your valuable time.


By helping others, you are giving them a tiny part of yourself that will change their lives for the better. This is perhaps one of the best legacies that you can give.


Pursue your passion

Whatever your passion is, pursue it with reckless abandon. When you do the things you love to do, your passion radiates outwards and inspires others to do the same. This inspiration is an amazing legacy to leave behind. It generates new ideas, an abundance of creativity, and spreads joy to everyone it touches.


Write it down

Your life story is filled with lessons, values, and beliefs. All of these help to tell the tale of who you are, the struggles you have endured, and the challenges you have overcome. No matter how mundane your life may seem, there are interesting anecdotes and vibrant tales that others will be able to relate to.


Leaving a written legacy for your family, friends, and others in your community can provide them with a deeper insight into who you are. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to share all of the knowledge that you have learned throughout your lifetime.


Guide your children

For many people, the most important legacy that they leave behind is the values and beliefs that they instill in their children. Creating sound morals and ethics will better the lives of your children and help shape the generations that will follow. Deep-rooted belief systems can withstand the tests of time and are passed down throughout the ages.


It also allows you to create family traditions based on your heritage or background that can be continued throughout the years. These traditions will help bring joy to the family and create memories and stories that can be recounted well into the future.


Leaving behind a legacy is like leaving a lasting impression on those in your family lineage that come after you. For many people, there is a strong belief that what really defines you are the things that survive you - the things that you leave behind for others after you pass away. By making a conscious effort to leave behind a positive legacy, you will be able to improve the lives of those around you and will create stronger family ties.


Good values, strong traditions, lessons on the past, and a passion for something extraordinary are all legacies that can go a long way towards changing others' lives. Plus, they make the life you are leading much more meaningful while you are alive and after you have moved on. Now is the time to take a moment and reflect on how you will be remembered and make a conscious decision on what you will choose to leave behind.