For Those We Leave Behind.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Don’t You Forget About Me.”

Lately, well, not so much lately, but throughout my life, I have had to deal with death. Death of family members, death of friends, death of people close to me, death of those I should have taken the time to know better. All of these deaths have one common thread, They ALL meant something to me. Yes, even the death of the sixteen year old girl in the hospital room next to me when I was 17 years old. Do you remember that day, mom?

And then, I tripped over this post idea in The Daily Post. I finally figured out how to link to it. Sorry about that from my previous Daily Post Ideas that I have blogged, but now you know where they are.

Anyway, I got to thinking, what will my legacy be? Did I love enough? Did I help enough? With the wearing of my heart monitor and the weird feelings my chest has been having, it gets one thinking, what will I leave behind?

Now, I am in no way saying that I will not “rage against the dying of the light” as Dylan Thomas so eloquently put it in his poem. Was it Dylan Thomas? I haven’t seen Dangerous Minds in years, or maybe it was last year. I digress. All I am trying to say is if my time is coming up, I am not going out without a fight! I have way too much to live for, a blogging career to begin! One day I will be paid to write, I hope.

But, When I go, what legacy will I be leaving behind? Will people mourn? I certainly hope not. For, I believe, I am going to a much better place than this world could ever be. It was originally meant to be our Heaven, but we are not perfect creatures and we messed that up right from the beginning, but that’s another whole story.

I hope when it is my time to go that I leave behind a legacy of love, a legacy of truth and wisdom. I want to be remembered as they guy who understood me and yes, I want everyone to say that. I am sure there are those that will say, “I have no idea what he was thinking!” Especially with my demise, I am sure I will be going out with some hair-brained crazy stunt (or maybe not).

None of us knows when we will shuffle off this mortal coil, but we can have control over what we leave behind while we are here. Are you leaving behind the right things? Are you leaving behind Love and Peace and Comfort for all? Or is your legacy going to be one of bitterness and sadness and anger? The choice is up to you today while you still have breath in your lungs.

I love you all! Make your lives extraordinary. That’s twice I have used that phrase today! When I go, look to the sky and think of me and say, “He was a good person, He was my friend.” THAT is the legacy I hope I leave behind.