Dictionary.com has the following definition –
noun, plural legacies.
- Law. a gift of property, especially personal property, as money, by will; a bequest.
- anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor: the legacy of ancient Rome.
- an applicant to or student at a school that was attended by his or her parent.
- Obsolete. the office, function, or commission of a legate.
In my post ‘Treasures’, I ended with the following –
The most important treasures are those related to my sons, the pictures, the school related material, the newspaper clippings; these are the most important items. But do my sons really care about them? They have significance and are important to me; therefore I cannot throw these treasures away. Are they important to my sons; I ask again, do my sons really care about them?
Someday I will give to my sons these treasures I have of them and they can choose to keep them or throw them away. I am unsure if the younger generation today understands the importance of keepsakes; those items from the past that the older generation considers treasures.
In my post today –
Are these keepsakes, these treasures one aspect of a legacy? Back several years ago, my grandmother died. My mom and her siblings went through her things and in turn my mom gave me a few keepsakes or treasures that belonged to my grandmother. I have her bible that I know was the foundation of her life and a few other knickknacks of hers. I will hold on to these items, but then what will result in them once I am gone? Will my kids take them and keep them? Will these items have any meaning to them? Time will tell.
I have many personal items, really not worth any significant amount of money, but I do want to leave a legacy of some sort. The legacy I want to leave is not of the physical sort in terms of material items, but in the immaterial, the spiritual kind. The life I led and the person I am; my experiences, my journey through life, my being.
This blog began with me introducing myself and in my 2nd post ‘I want to write a book’, I wrote the following –
I was thinking writing an autobiography, but then again maybe a memoir would be better. If it were a memoir and it was written well, than I could always write another one.
Many notes, thoughts and memories I have documented over the years are available just waiting for me to organize and put together into the final writing. So what am I waiting for?
In my post today –
The book will most likely never be written, and I am okay with this realization – my autobiography, my memoir is this blog.
This blog is what I want to leave as a legacy; to my kids or whoever else is interested in reading about me and my life.
What will you leave as your legacy?