Do you read the obituaries every day? The older you get, the more you are attuned to doing this. Most of the time it is written by a family member who attempt to highlight some achievement or positive commitment the deceased may have had. It generally lists a generation or two or three of the immediate relatives. It may conclude with a donation suggestion to some worthy cause. I always wondered how many people contribute to those?
If it were written about you, how much of what it says, is completely agreed upon by others? How many people were truly touched by your loss and how long would it affect them?
Chances are, once you're gone, your true legacy is all that remains. There's not a thing in this world, you can do about that! If you are reading this, luckily that horrific time hasn't come yet.
The past is past, but today you can reverse that nightmare. Write your own obituary. See how you would want to be remembered. Focus on those goals, work harder to perform those actions, extend yourself to reach the highest ground. Work at it one day at a time. Tweak your weaknesses. Don't worry if you mess up, keep at it. You were put on this earth for a reason. Exploit that reason!
This is your wake-up call. For every small assertive step, you now take in moving forward, in life's finite journey, accolades are paid for the loved one's before you and to your loved one's that follow.
Someone tells a story and repeats it to another. Who tells another and so on and so on... At the end, that story gets changed. It's not completely accurate. Something is either left out, amended or changed. Make sure those you love, will truly remember you for your actions, for your behaviors, for your beliefs! Intensify your goals, follow your script. You're writing your destiny. Make it a good one!