When I look at my life, I often think about what I want to be remembered for. In our subconscious mind, we may feel as though we are going to live forever. We may feel invincible, powerful, and indomitable. But the truth is, whether we want to believe it or not, we won’t be here forever. At some point in all of our lives, our time will come when we take our last breath, when we do our last act, when we think our last thought, and we would have been forced to have done all we could have done in life. When death comes knocking, there is little time for do-overs, repeats, or second chances.
While we have this life, it is important that we think about what we want to be remembered for. When that time comes, what do we want to be said about us at our funeral? What do we want written on our tombstone? When we are buried six feet under, will what we did, what we said, what we gave outlive us? Do we want to be remembered for how we worked, how we lived, how we led, and how we loved? Do we want to be remembered for our relationships, our connections, our interactions with others? These are questions to consider when thinking about how we want to be remembered.
It may seem somewhat extreme to think about the end of life when you are in the middle of life or just beginning life. But doing so, helps to put things into perspective. The wise person looks at his life like a movie – the beginning, the middle, and the end. Though we cannot see into the future, we can plan for the future and we can take certain steps to make our future what we want it to be. We don’t have all the time we would like, neither do we exactly know how much time we really have left. In light of that, it is essential that we make sure we are doing what we are made to do fully and completely so we can arrive at the end of our lives with no regrets.