How will you be remembered if you were to die tomorrow?
Let me ask you a question. If you were to die tomorrow, how will you be remembered? Seriously, just think about that for a moment. How do you live your daily life and how will you be remembered when you die? For me personally, I want to be remembered as a person who lived life to the fullest, tried to make the world a better place, and cherished every moment of life. Whether it is by sharing motivational advice with others, or by just trying to put a smile on someone’s face, I want to do whatever I can to bring joy to the lives of others. That is what motivates me everyday and that is how I want to be remembered.
I was in the car with my sister this weekend and she asked me if I thought that I was replacing one obsession with another. By this, she was wondering if I replaced my obsession with video games with an obsession for blogging. I responded by saying absolutely. I am obsessed with blogging and trying to spread motivation. But it is a different type of obsession than video games. Video games were something that I simply enjoyed doing. Trying to make the world a better place for myself and others is something that I am passionate about. The thought of making the world a better place is what I want to be remembered for. That is what motivates me to live my daily life. So while it is an obsession, it is an obsession that I want to be remembered for.
I don’t want to be known as a person who just sits in their room and plays video games. If you do, all the more power to you, I won’t judge. Personally, that is just not how I want to be remembered. I want to live well, do good for myself, and do good for others. When I would spend hours in my room playing video games, I was doing absolutely nothing productive. I was not benefiting others, and I was not benefiting myself. Through blogging and trying to spread motivation, I am at least benefiting myself. If I do not inspire one person through telling my story, I am at least motivating myself. I am able sharing my experiences so that I can reflect on them, and I am also getting things off of my chest. For me, that has been a big key to my happiness.
Even though I want to be remembered as someone that does good for the people around me, I am also selfish. I can’t believe that I am admitting it, but it’s true. In fact, we are all selfish. If we want to have an impact on the world, we need to be a little selfish. We need to put our needs before the needs of others. Let me explain this a little bit better so that you can understand my thought process instead of getting frustrated with me.
In order to do good for others, we need to be a little selfish and we need to take care of ourselves. Before we can help others, we need to nourish ourselves first, provide shelter for ourselves, and love ourselves first. If we don’t we will be useless to others. How can we expect to do good for others if we can’t even do good for ourselves? How can we help provide for others if we cant even provide the basic needs for ourselves? We can’t.
Pay attention to what I said in that last paragraph and realize that there is a fine difference between wants and needs. I am not saying to spend your money on a fancy car instead of giving to others. I am saying that you have to provide yourself with the basic necessities in life if you want to make an impact. Imagine if we gave all of our food and water to others. Well, in about three days, we wouldn’t be alive. This would prevent us from being able to make a lasting impact on the life of others. What good does that do anyone?
While it may seem selfish, know that the necessities in your life need to come before the needs of others. Instead of seeing it as being selfish, see it as life. Once you provide yourself with the basic needs in life, then you can start helping to provide for the needs of others. You will be remembered for what you did over the course of of time, not by what you did in a day. Don’t go out there today and think that impacting others in a day is going to make a lasting impression. Provide for your needs first, and do what you can to create a lasting impression over time so that you can touch as many lives as possible. Live to be remembered as the person that you want to be remembered by, not by the things that you have in life.
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