How would I like to be remembered?

How would you like to be remembered?
What would you like to be known as?
What is the legacy that you want to leave behind you?
These are the questions that I have asked myself multiple times throughout different points in time. It doesn’t mean that I have clear answers to all of these questions. In fact, I actually struggled to answer some of these questions. Every time I reflect, I added more values to it. I have different perspectives on it. Indeed, there are common themes across responses to these questions.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

For many years, people around me had trained and nurtured me to be the leader of my own trail and legacy. Many years, I did not have a clear vision about how I want to be, who I want to be, or where I want to be. Well, not even knowing who I am myself, I couldn’t imagine future of myself. I thought only when I am clear about myself, then I can decide what I am going to contribute to the society. So I spent many years,wondered and wondered, to answer this first question: Who am I?

As a side story, about a year ago, someone pointed out that I have tendency to spend obsessed amount of time on planning and never step over that line, put it into action. I will be forever wondering if there’s no time limit. I only cross over that line if I can assure the safety of myself. Well, so for many years, friends saw me as a dreamer, not living in this reality, as if I was living in the fantasy.
How did I get out of that habit or tendency of planning?
I have trained myself to give it a deadline. I will give it a dummy deadline if necessary. I learn to estimate a time for me to complete each tasks. Particularly, I use this strategy in a writing task because it give me a chance and time to review my own work.

Back to our main topic: What I want to be remembered as.
I still don’t know the answer of this question but I now the answer is not determined by me. It is determined by those who are currently around me and future generations. My path is so unique to mine that no one else can have the same path. Similarly, everyone’s path is so unique that no two paths are the same path.

What does this mean?
People can only see my path as an example of many paths they may encounter. The value of my path can be only determined by those who are walking similar path to be from the behind. It is up to them to take it further than where I have left.

I want to be remembered as a person who:
– Lived to the fullest, regardless of external destruction.
– Fully enjoyed my personal journey.
– Positively impact on the life of those around me.

While conservatism and self-protection might be likened to winter, night, and death, the spirit of pioneering and attempting to realise ideals evokes images of spring, morning, and birth.

Daisaku Ikeda

What trail are you leaving?
How would you like to be known as?
How would you like to be remembered?

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