Hi Friends have you been watching the news lately? Bill Cosby has made somewhat of a splash in the media with his guilty verdict in his sexual assault cases that have ultimately tarnished the legacy that he has built. I grew up watching the Cosby Show, A Different World and I absolutely loved the movie Ghost Dad, all in which he has played a major role in developing. To witness a public figure who have created shows that are still a key cultural force and that still make an impact on todays society be stripped of tons of awards and have his career accomplishments overshadowed by his actions have prompted by exploration and my keen interest of how I can build and maintain my legacy for years to come.
Have you ever heard the song by Beyoncé, “I was here,” she talks about being remembered and wanting to leave an impact on the world before her life comes to end. For some time now, I have been focused more on building a legacy-a legacy that will still be strong, solid and sustained even when I am not around. As you may be aware, I just completed and graduated Nurse Practitioner school and now I am instantly in pursuant of another venture. In a recent conversation with one of my favorite cousins, I was discussing things that I can do to help build and establish my legacy- like what is my next move? In a 2hr long conversation she dropped the best jewels ever and I am here to share them with you!
There is no magical potion or a move that you have to make for you to build your legacy, because you already are. The very existence of who you are and what you’ve accomplished so far is your legacy in the making. How you treat people, the way you speak, your character, how you inspire others is our legacy. We spoke in length about all of these concepts. She provided an example of her grandmother and how she remembered her as the matriarch of the family who adored and promoted family unity and how she was such a sharp dresser.
It got me to thinking about my family and on how they will be remembered by me, and on how I will be remembered by others. My husband on his affection for me and on how he takes pride in taking care of his household; my mother on how she poured every ounce of everything she had into making me great and my grandmother on her business swag in being the CEO of her own company are some ways in which they will be remembered by me. My mother often jokes and voices, that on her obituary she doesn’t want any information on where she worked, or went to high school or college; She wants it to read, “She lived.” Think about it, people never really remember what job you worked but remember how you made them feel when they were around you.
This posts is not intended for you not to intentionally and fearlessly pursue your goals in building your legacy but to see your legacy as much more than accomplishing goals but more so on how you want to be remembered. Keep in mind that our legacy is fluid in that we are always adding to it.
How do you want to be remembered? Is it as being kind, outgoing, successful, empathetic, a go-getter, generous, a great mother? You tell me…