Why create legacy?

‘Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life.’  Elie Wiesel

Creating legacy because…

…we don’t know what happens after death. You may have faith in an afterlife, or you may be agnostic, but the truth is that we do not know, and no one can tell us for sure. What you do know though is that you have this life, this opportunity, to make a difference in this world. Take this opportunity now, don’t waste time waiting for the perfect circumstances to arise, find out what it is you want to do as your legacy and get started.

…we all need to give meaning to our lives, and creating legacy is a way to do so without harming ourselves, without falling under others’ harmful spell, and without deluding ourselves that we are living when in fact we are only puppets in others’ corporate game. Don’t get caught into the game of chasing after more wealth, more promotions, more pats on the back for running, running, running, with nowhere to go but the grave. Don’t join an extremist group that tells you who you are by asking you to see everyone who is not part of that group as the enemy. Focus your search for meaning on something that makes a positive difference in this world, and something that is likely to keep your memory alive long after you are gone.

…our time on this earth is finite, and the day will come when you will be lying on your deathbed and reflecting on your life, with only moments left to live. What images do you want to see at that moment? What will you be likely to regret you haven’t done? Don’t wait until that moment to reflect on your life. Do it now. And whatever it is you want to see then, do it now. Whatever you think you will regret not having done, do it now. Don’t wait. None of us knows when that moment will come, all we know is that it will come one day. Take action now. Dedicating your life to creating legacy, with all the risks and disappointments that this entails, will mean that when the moment comes you will see images of yourself fighting against the odds, trying, hoping. Not images of a rat in a maze doing others’ bidding. Bring what you want to see then into your life now.

…future generations need your help, need your experience, need your strenght. Don’t rob them of your contribution. Share what you have learned with the world with every opportunity, and be a role model, an agent of positive change. Be the change you want to see, and don’t let a single day pass by when you are not in some way working towards the long-term sustainability of our world.

What about you?

What are your reasons for creating legacy? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

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Alexa Ispas

I am a social entrepreneur, blogger, and talent scout, interested in helping people who want to create legacy. I have recently completed my PhD thesis in social psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and am originally from Romania. I am writing a daily blog on creating legacy, which you can find at www.alexaispas.com