Your Legacy Matters
“We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.” Shirley Abbott, US Ambassador.
2016 was a big kick in the gut to people my age. We lost so many of our idols, from Bowie to Prince to John Glenn and Carrie Fisher — and, sadly, people we honor and love will continue to die. It’s the circle of life.
Each of these people left us with a lasting legacy, whether through their contributions to art, music, film, science or space, there is no question as to what each will be remembered for.
But legacies are not just for the rich and famous. Each one of us has a legacy — whether we are a teacher, a caregiver, a public servant, an artist, or a business person. How will we be remembered? How can we ensure that our contributions will be preserved and passed on to next generations?
Think about it.
Ancestry.com has 31,000 databases with 6 billion profiles and 9 billion historical records.
What it doesn’t have is YOUR LEGACY.
Your legacy is a gift to your family — and there are so many ways to do it. You don’t have to be an author or write a book; you don’t have to have to have a movie made about you. But, you do need to jot things down. What are some of your favorite memories? Your proudest moments? Your achievements? What is the social/political landscape for you? What are your beliefs and why?
Even just two or three sentences and short stories can add up to a lifetime of important information. Sharing your life and your legacy can help shape future generations.
Throughout this year, My Life’s Message will update our blog with new things to think about in preserving your legacy. Follow our blogs and let us know what you think!