Legacy is one of my
The other six are spiritual growth, autonomy, liberty, helping others, true health and recognition for creative expression.
For what it's worth, helping others is my second.
Since the birth of our (first) child, I've been thinking more and more about the legacy I want to leave. She — Marlena — is certainly part of that legacy; hopefully I can instill in her some sense of wanting to change the world for the better, and give her the tools to start on that journey. But also I want to leave the world a little better than I found it.
A legacy is
Bryant, of course, is best known as a star for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers. He played 20 seasons, with two of his final three severely shortened thanks to knee injuries. Over that time, he
He famously feuded with Shaquille O'Neal, whom the Lakers eventually traded, and, at one point, found himself embroiled in a
Today, the Shaq feud would have branded Bryant a locker room problem and the sexual assault allegation would have forced the league and the team to consider suspending or releasing him, despite the charges being dropped. Instead, he went on to continue being a star, a father to four daughters (the youngest of whom is under a year old as of this writing and the eldest of whom was headed toward a pro basketball career before she perished in the helicopter crash with her dad), an author and a businessman. Oh yeah, and an Oscar winner, too.
He could have been the guy who threw a potentially great career away, but he left a different legacy. His life is a good reminder that we are not defined by only our past actions. We can change course. It reminds me the film
Let's talk legacy, then.
What would you like yours to be? What do you need to make that happen? What do you need to get rid of?
You may well be aware of
You probably aren't going to try to
But you are going to die someday. So far, being human has a 100 percent mortality rate. How will you be remembered? That's what legacy is. If "husband" and "father" aren't on the list of how I'm remembered, I'll have missed some opportunities. But if I'm honest, there are a few other things I want on that list. I'm not guaranteed tomorrow, though, so it's time to get crackin'. You, too, then. Onward.