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25/11/2019: Opinion Blog: Legacy

What does that mean to you? It’s such a tiny word, insignificant even, but it represents so much.

Have you ever felt like you need to ‘leave something behind’? The idea of leaving this earth with nothing to show for it, for me, feels overwhelmingly wasteful. If all those conversations and experiences were not recorded somehow, what a travesty that would be. I don’t mean all those incessant social media posts that go nowhere yet still take up space. No, I’m talking about the stuff that goes deeper. Deeper than that. Keep going.

We all have different ways of creating that legacy; for some it’s via our careers, our life choices or our hobbies. For me, it would be mostly be via my career. I consider my books my legacy. They’ve taken decades of my life to create and I’d be proud to think of a future someone learning about who I was via my stories and non-fiction works, even better if the books empowered them.

Just a few weeks ago, a friend told me they were intending to publish their debut book. The subject of legacy returned and reminded me of my feelings towards it. A part of us needs to be remembered because the alternative is too horrible to imagine.

I’m not going to fib either, there’s a lot of ego attached to this legacy and that needs to be acknowledged but ego isn’t necessarily a bad thing because, at its best, it engenders self-esteem and self-confidence.

And it’s not just about personal legacy either. There’s a general legacy to consider too. Social media has created a platform where new careers have evolved including being a ‘YouTuber’ and ‘Blogger’ - these words didn’t even exist a generation ago. Whatever your thoughts on them, we cannot deny they’ve brought untold confidence and empowerment to people. And what a great way to be remembered. What a great legacy.

Entertainment, education and empowerment, that’s what legacy means to me. What does it mean to you?

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