On What We Leave Behind

“My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.” -Jim Henson

Do you think about your legacy, ever?

What you will leave behind?

We continue to exist long after we die through the cherished memories of those who knew us.

And through our works.

I ask this because my father is dying.

He has Parkinson’s, he falls a lot, he needs 24 hour care.

Nocturnal K by Charles Meyers

He’s been an artist his entire life, and now his hands shake too much to be able to do the one thing that has driven him.

His mind can’t focus enough, though he’s aware that his mind can’t focus enough.

He’s leaving behind hundreds of works, that are in the collections of national museums and private collectors, and yet he doesn’t feel like he ever ‘made it’.

Do you think about your legacy, ever?

I’ve been thinking about my legacy a lot lately.

Will what I’ve done endure?

Will what I’ve put out into the world enrich people’s lives?

Will they share it with their children?

Will anyone know who I was 10 years after I die?

Two weeks after?

What if I got hit by a bus tomorrow?

Would someone still think of me and smile after my friends are dead?

Do you think about your legacy, ever?

What you will leave behind?

Do you?

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Hey Jeremy,
I’m sorry to hear about your dad. That’s rough. I think a lot about my legacy. A lot. Probably more than I should. But ultimately my legacy lies in my children. If my children remember me fondly, then that’s all I can ask for. If the World love me but my children don’t, then I’ve failed.