There exists an interesting relationship between our actions and behavior today and how that relates to our ultimate legacy. About how our daily interactions with others all affect how we will be remembered. That really made me think: What will my legacy be, and what do I want it to be?
It is very easy to craft this imaginary legacy. Professionally, I would want to be someone who is remembered for being a successful attorney who helped further the presence of justice and educational equality in this country. Many individuals are remembered as amazing figures publicly–but privately it is a different story.
We work so hard at racking up accomplishments and achievements and being in the good graces of professors and supervisors, but at the end of the day, how do we treat the people we interact with on a daily basis? Classmates, friends, family members? How will the people closest to us remember us?
Personally, I believe that this is the most important legacy. I want to be remembered as an amazing daughter, sister, friend–and eventually wife and mother. This means that I must carry myself and be even more considerate to them than I am in the public sphere–something that many of us forget. Ultimately, the opinions that matter most come from the people who know and love you best.
I challenge you to write a letter to yourself about what you want YOUR legacy to be–professionally and personally. Write it as if you will receive it five years from now; that way when the time comes you will be able to evaluate how close you are to creating such a legacy.