I was listening to the radio the other day when they started talking about someone and something they were doing and one of the Dj’s said “is that the legacy he wants to leave?” Something about that really brought up tons of thoughts on the subject.
I started to ponder what legacy means. Not to me, but what I thought it meant to society. People strive to create something that will make them and their families rich for generations to come. They spend so much of their time creating material things for their families to have to “secure” their future. Then I thought, what is the legacy I want to leave? I processed my life, and my goals, and the motivation behind them. Thought about my art. My home. These things, they matter to me obviously, but ultimately, they all come back to my pursuit of happiness. And THAT is something worth passing on. Happiness.
The dictionary defines Legacy as:
1. A gift by will especially of money or other personal property
“She left us a legacy of a million dollars.”
2. Something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past
“The legacy of the ancient philosophers.”
“The war left a legacy of pain and suffering.”
I honestly was surprised about the first definition. Why did it have to be so specific to mention money or personal property as if the 2nd definition doesn’t cover that. It just confirms the material nature of this world. Money and personal property can’t be taken from you, by various forces. Happiness is something your children see and grow up knowing and then they become adults and raise their children. And not just societies idea of happiness, but your idea of it. I can go on and on about how that may break down but only you will really know what makes you happy. So seek it. And be happy. And leave a Legacy of Happiness.
”Legacy” - Eminem