Living Your Legacy

Living Your Legacy

Life can seem overwhelming at times. We may wonder why people face perilous times, suffer unjustly, and get treated unfairly. It can be easy to get discouraged, disappointed, and dismayed, and we may begin to question why we should even try to be positive when, sometimes, it doesn’t appear to matter. When everything is going well in our lives, it is not difficult to be cheerful and uplifting, but, it requires significant effort to stay positive in the face of adversity. Yet, these are the moments that will set us apart, that will help us to truly shine, and that will create lasting impacts for others. Every day, we are living our legacies and the way we react when we are travailing through the hurdles of life will help define who we are. It is, therefore, crucial that we remain optimistic about the differences that we can make and remember to draw strength from being true to ourselves. When we discover who we are, learn from our strengths and weaknesses, have the confidence to face our fears, accept ourselves, and learn to love ourselves, we can live life genuinely. We should seek to not only learn more about ourselves but also to share ourselves with others and encourage others to do the same. This helps contribute to both positive growth within our society and the legacies we are remembered for.

If you’re going to give, give everything you have;
Don’t hold back your inner song that others need to hear.
If you’re going to live, live each day to the fullest;
Don’t be lead astray by past mistakes or fear.
If you’re going to love, love with your whole heart;
Don’t let heartache drive away who you hold dear.

If you’re going to dance, dance with passion;
Don’t worry what others have to say.
If you’re going to believe, believe with conviction;
Don’t let the opinions of others make your spirit sway.
If you’re going to be somebody, be the somebody you’re meant to be who’s true and proud; there is no other way.

As you sojourn through life, it may be beneficial to keep the following questions in mind:

What is it that you would like your life to stand for?

Contemplate how you want others to think of you, and, to the best of your ability, let your words and actions align with how you want to be remembered.

How do you view yourself?

The way you view yourself is everything. No matter what you do and where you go, you will always manage to find haters in life. However, you will never depart from yourself, and it is important that you are not your own hater. A negative outlook of yourself can have the power to bring you down, to lose the will to try, and to give up. You must see yourself in a positive light. Even if you don’t think there are positive traits, find the good within yourself.

If you could change anything about yourself, what would you change?

Remember you are in control of who you want to be. Don’t change for anyone but yourself. Yet, if there are changes that you would like to make, press towards these goals and avoid focusing on your weaknesses and mistakes, as these weights can make you feel like giving up. Forgive yourself so that you can regain the power to move forwards.

What matters to you the most?

Sometimes, in the path of life, we may lose focus of what matters to us the most and become encumbered by the trivial things to which we give more weight and power than we should. Reanalyze your priorities. If today was your last day, what would you like to do, who would you like to contact? This will help you understand what matters to you the most.

Reflecting on the past, what is the most important lesson you have learned?

While it is important not to dwell in the past, the past can be a significant learning experience. Use your strong moments to encourage you and your weak moments to think about what you would like to change and how you may be able to do things differently.

What are some of your short-term and long-term goals?

These can help you form a vision and stay positive. They give you something to look forward to and a desire and willingness to press forth.

What are your positive attributes?

That which you do well are your strengths that can help pull you through the challenges and inspire others. Use these strengths in your journey to start afresh.

What do you see as being your biggest obstacles?

Think of ways to overcome your obstacles. Remember that you have the power to persevere by focusing on your strengths and not letting your fears dictate your path. However, you must also be honest with yourself when assessing your situation, as some circumstances may be out of your control. If you need help, it may also be advised to ask for assistance from someone that may be better equipped to conquer the challenge, as we all have unique qualities.

Who do you consider to be your closest confidants?

These confidants will encourage you to be and believe in yourself. These confidants may include those whom you trust, that accept you for who you are, and that treat you with respect.

Do you have any favorite songs that give you the strength and energy to get through the most daunting tasks?

Music can be your guide and strength. Just playing your favorite song may give you a new outlook and help pull you through the day.

Suggested Songs

  • A Thousand Lifetimes – Glen Campbell
  • Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay
  • Chasin’ the Sun Down – Chris Lane
  • Children of the World – Amy Grant
  • Could Have Been Me – The Struts
  • Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen
  • Footprints in the Sand – Ruben Studdard
  • Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  • Freedom ’90 – George Michael
  • Good Life – Jerad Finck
  • I Lived – OneRepublic
  • I’m Born to Run – American Authors
  • I’m Not Giving Up – Delta Goodrem
  • Let’s Get Loud – Jennifer Lopez
  • Life Without Borders – Sweet Ascent
  • On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons
  • Rock the World – The Script
  • Save Myself – LeAnn Rimes
  • Seasons of Love – Cast of “Rent”
  • Shine A Light – David Archuleta
  • The Cost of Living – Don Henley ft. Merle Haggard
  • This Is My Life – Shirley Bassey
  • True Colors – Cyndi Lauper
  • Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
  • Your Life is Now – John Mellencamp

The future is in each stroke of the clock,
And you have the key to open the lock.
What will you do with the time you’ve been given?
What will you do with the journey you’re living?
Follow your path, and, to yourself, stay true.
Your legend is written in what you say and do.