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Are you aware of your legacy?

Sometimes, when we’re faced with disappointment about how we’re appreciated by those dear to us, it’s easy to find reason to give up on what we wish to leave as a legacy for them in life.

So, we withhold our contribution, or pull back on our participation in their lives, assuming that we don’t matter.

Whether that turns out to be true or not doesn’t mean that we didn’t leave our mark. It just means that the mark we left was not truly a reflection of who we are.

Giving up on what’s important to you just because it wasn’t as important to someone else means that it wasn’t truly important to you to begin with.

What was more important to you was the anticipated appreciation or celebration of your contribution, and not the value that you wanted to create for them.

When we lose sight of this, we also lose ourselves.

Hope and dreams are most often abandoned because we waited for others to validate what we believed to be valuable in life.

Regardless of how it plays out, your legacy will either be one of a passionate pursuit of achieving what you believed in, or an abandonment of hope because you were not accepted the way that you wanted to be.

Either way, you leave a legacy. And if you lose sight of this, you’ll end up blaming the world for what you withheld in your contribution towards it.

That’s how you feed the very cycles of life that broke your will to pursue your dreams.

It always starts with you.

Connect, with conviction, to what you want to add as value to the lives of others, and you’ll find fulfilment in that even if they don’t immediately connect with that value.

That’s how we have less death bed regrets, and we leave a legacy worth celebrating.

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Zaid Ismail

Author, life coach, and mental health activist. We need to change the narrative from disorders, illnesses, and survival to accountability, understanding, and thriving.

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