This site, The Women’s Legacy Project, proclaims “Live your legacy now!” This phrase of course has as many interpretations as there are people who see it. Our editor and publisher thought you might like to know what she meant by the trademark phrase. We hope you enjoy her writing about the Trademark/slogan.
The following image summarizes the essence of what the site encourages women, and men, to do when thoughts logically turn to legacy.
Wouldn’t you rather be doing things that are adding great memories and stories to your legacy rather than laboring over scrapbooks and written pages? Most people would say, “Yes!’
As a writer trained to be a semiotic anthropologist I can wax on and on about minuetia of generational systems of women and communication, ad nauseum, but rather than do that. I am listing some of the essential meanings and contexts of this phrase to me:
- Bucket lists are far too often filled with “Things I wish I had done” items, and are inherently sad, as they are filled with regret and what I like to call, woulda, coulda, shoulda.
- The only moment we have is now. Live in the moment. Do what you want to do!
- “…he [who is] not busy being born is busy dying…” –Bob Dylan
- Leaving kick ass stories behind once you are gone requires living a kick ass life. Go kick ass!
- Digital footprints make it easy to toss a collection of words and images together; so, do this collection building while you are out doing amazing things.
- Living long enough to be reflective gives you the “life credentials” to go do what you have always wanted to do.
- Where there is a will, there is a way!
- Your legacy once you are gone, can be reshaped by others, unless you live such an inspiring, audacious, and monument building life. So go do the latter.
- Live life as you want to be remembered. As Bonnie Raitt lyrics say, “Let’s give ’em something to talk about.”
Of course these are my words and my interpretations. Yours are just as valid as mine. Go live a full life, and encourage others to do so as well.