How to live up to, leave and fulfill your personal legacy

How to live up to, leave and fulfill your personal legacy

By Stephanie McCloud

IG: @stephtakesflight

A legacy is not to be limited to the amount of money or property left to someone in a will, it is much bigger than this simple definition. It is something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past. It can be money, property, or traditions. Not necessarily that sweet potato pie recipe that has been passed down for ages, or your great grandma pearls but actual concepts and ideas. Leaving a legacy is the desire to be remembered by what you have contributed to your family or the world. Some legacies, change a family, others change a culture, and big legacies change the world. How big your legacy depends on you; your footprint can be small or big, but know it is never identical to anyone else living or dead.

What do you want to be remembered for?  No boo, I’m not talking about that super sassy blonde blunt cut bob you slay daily.  I’m talking about what do you add value to? Yes, George Washington’s blonde bob was hot too in those days, but that is not the legacy that our first president left behind.  I’m referring to the things you contribute, how you give a piece of yourself to others, whether it is, time, talent, or money.

Don’t worry darling, it’s never too late to make a difference.  To begin fulfilling your legacy you must start by asking yourself questions? It is cool to ask yourself questions, just don’t answer them out loud, that’s the difference in being crazy. Some good questions are:

Who am I?

Who do I want to become?

Do I have an impact on anyone’s life?

What am I doing?

I’m talking deeper than that WYD texts from bae, take inventory to learn what exactly are you doing here, living or existing.

When it’s all said and done the only things that matter are the memories, the people we leave behind, and the actions we take while we are here.

BOOM.. being a parent is awesome, you are automatically leaving a piece of you, but your DNA and last name is not enough. Fine ass Michael B. Jordan said something monumental in Creed, "Your legacy is more than your name.” Start a business, run for office, build, invent, create, or do something.


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