A legend in my own mind

I once jokingly said to George, “I want to be a  legend  after I die”…to which he said “in your own mind, or in others?”. I just looked at him and suddenly giggled.  “I guess in someone else’s mind, actually. I already am in my own”.  He (of course) rolled his eyes at me and changed the subject.

When I saw the prompt today I thought about that mini-conversation again.  I want to be remembered when I am gone from this world.  Not for the various things I accomplished, but with fondness and love.

I don’t care if people remember I won an award, or gave testimony at a state congress, or changed the way people in my community think about addictions or domestic violence.  I don’t care if they remember how many times I protested against racial inequalities or sexual assault or child abuse.

I want to be remembered as the person who loved.  Without conditions.

I want my children to feel good when they think of me. I want them to know unequivocally that they were loved for themselves and not whatever they did.

I want my friends to remember that I loved them and accepted them for who they are without judgment or wanting to change them.

If I can do that then I will be a legend.

8 thoughts on “A legend in my own mind

  1. You’re already a legend in my mind, Suze. I just want to be remembered as a man who did his best to grow up and be a part of the solution, not the problem. (Got a long way to go)

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    1. don’t we all? I figure by the time I am 127 I shall have accomplished whatever it is I am supposed to do on this Earth! LOL

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  2. I agree, you already are a legend, Suze 🙂 No need to worry about that, just keep doing what you do, and being who you are 🙂 You will be remembered!

    Ok, not funny, but it is true! xx

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  3. Your a legend to me Susan

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  4. I like your idea about how you want to be remembered as a person who loved because as simple as that may sound, it can be the most difficult thing to do. Still, it’s an important thing.

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  5. Nice point of view. Super LIKE for you 🙂

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