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DragonSpark- Blueprint of a Legacy

09 Aug

I recently read a post that dealt with legacy. It was essentially a quote from the famous novel, Farenheight 451. To sum it up in a very non poetic way, it said we all need and deserve to have a legacy, the word being defined as difference in state of an object after our passage.

That quote got me thinking. Is that really what legacy is? A change we make that identifies us after our death? Do we really all deserve to have one? Is it even necessary to want one?

First on what legacy is (I’m not going to use any dictionary for this one, just good old Mr Rambles): To me, a legacy is indeed a change, but not usually a materialistic one. A legacy is a part of your life’s work or actions that is deemed worthy of teaching or passing on to the next generation, or, at least, to resist temporal erosion… for a time.

Indeed, a legacy has a lifetime of its own. Some, like Shakespeare’s or Da Vinci’s, are particularly resistant, some might say stubborn. However, I doubt that George RR Martin and Adele will be remembered in 400 years.

Speaking of time, a legacy isn’t created over an instant either. It’s generated over a lifetime, given shape over the years. It’s not a steady process. It can be strengthened by an action, and devitalized by another. Its importance and impact can change as society evolves. Legacies have all sorts of impacts, some of which aren’t very glorifying for those they represent.
That being said, do we all deserve a legacy? How does one rate the importance of an action or actions? To expand on that point, does our actions, good and bad, especially bad, not deserve to be forgotten, in order to give way to the next generations?

On a personal note, I’d say we all have a legacy, however small it might be. Whether they are physical things, like this blog for example, that will likely be around after we cease to be, or at least have the ability to, or more metaphysical things, like my over analytical tendencies, that will surely live out through the memories of loved ones after I kick the bucket.

If you do not know the amazing Celine JeanJean, you should definitely go check her blog out. She was kind enough to nominate me for a readership award (still working on that post BTW Celine, but I started this one a day or two before and didn’t want to let it sit in my unfinished projects folder for any length of time…), and is an amazing and entertaining blogger, as well as a great reader and commenter! This post is rather brief, so please, feel free to share any thought down below. What do you think about this legacy stuff?

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16 responses to “DragonSpark- Blueprint of a Legacy

  1. Natalie DeYoung

    10 August 2014 at 02:29

    Legacy. Hm. I don’t think very much about mine, because I know I will not be at the level of Shakespeare or Da Vinci. I doubt I will be remembered. I just do my best with what I have, and so far that’s been enough for me.

     
    • DragonSpark

      11 August 2014 at 12:30

      Right? I doubt all that modern fame helped Da Vinci pay the bills hundreds of years ago. Thanks for reading and commenting!

       
  2. Mollie Claire

    11 August 2014 at 00:48

    One of my friends lost her son just days after his birth. She shared that “… bringing a family closer together in a time of great sorrow” was a pretty great legacy for her son to leave. That really stuck with me … that even though we might not experience fame, fortune or notoriety in our lives, we can have a major impact, leave a ripple.

     
    • DragonSpark

      11 August 2014 at 12:32

      Wow. Thanks for sharing such insights, and sorry for your friend’s son. I guess this kind of legacy beats Shakespeare, huh?

       
  3. Patricia Rivera

    11 August 2014 at 00:55

    I like your definition of legacy much better than the dictionary’s. I think you are right in that we all have one, or at least have the power to create one. Got me thinking! PS You’ve inspired me to write an essay on French; I’ll have to tag you on that one.

     
    • DragonSpark

      11 August 2014 at 12:33

      All right! I look forwards to reading it! Thanks for reading and commenting.

       
  4. Love Happy Notes - Daily Fun and Inspiration

    11 August 2014 at 11:22

    I hope that each person I meet, that I make their day a little brighter or curve their lips a little north. And those miniscule moments create a seed within others to forward that smile or nib of confidence, like feeding the body to make it grow. As it flows from person to person it becomes something wonderful that spreads throughout the world. We share our bountiful legacy by lifting one another.

     
    • DragonSpark

      11 August 2014 at 12:36

      Does that count as a legacy? I always thought of Legacy as post-life stuff… You’ve got a point though… Well, thanks for the interesting comment, and congrats on having the best life goal ever! ^_~

       
  5. inNateJames

    11 August 2014 at 19:04

    If we’re loving and being loved, then we have a legacy as accidental as it may seem. How can we not touch upon other people’s lives simply by being around them and experiencing the same things they experience?

     
    • DragonSpark

      15 August 2014 at 05:29

      You’re asking the wrong person ^_~. Thanks a lot for reading and commenting.

       
  6. That Unique* Weblog

    13 August 2014 at 16:52

    I believe in ripples. Small and large actions and words affect the world around us.

    Just this morning, I was driving up a street as it drizzled, and I passed a senior couple picking up their recycling that had spilled onto the street when their can fell over. I drove past thinking, Oooooh. Bummer. But then I turned around in a driveway and went back. I helped them clean up, wished them a more pleasant day, and took off. As I got back in the car, my 7 year old said, “Mommy, that was really nice that you did that.” And we had a talk about how taking a moment out of your day can have a huge effect on the entire day for others. Paying it forward when we can is what I hope will be my legacy to my children.

     
    • DragonSpark

      14 August 2014 at 21:44

      Being selfless is a rare quality in today’s world, and one that deserves to be passed on. Thanks for reading, and for sharing your experience.

       
  7. Celine Jeanjean

    17 August 2014 at 12:46

    I think we all need to feel like we’re leaving the world a little difference than when we came into it, however that may be (for the better though hopefully!). I like the idea of a legacy resisting the erosion of time, beautiful way of defining it!

     
    • DragonSpark

      17 August 2014 at 15:38

      Thanks for reading, and for sharing your thoughts! As far as the shoutout, it’s not so much a shoutout as a recognition of the original inspiration, as well as an apology for taking so freaking long to get to the award… Anyhow, thanks!

       
  8. Celine Jeanjean

    17 August 2014 at 12:46

    Oh and thank you for the shout out!! 🙂

     

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