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What will my legacy be? Have you thought about yours?

September 21, 2023
Fella Hamilton

What will my legacy be?

What does legacy mean to you?

Have you thought about what your legacy will be?

It’s time for this month’s Tell Us About…. a link up hosted by some lovely ladies (including me) from all over the world. You can see who they are at the end of the post and I encourage you to visit their blogs and check out what they have written for this month’s prompt.

Each month one of the members selects a topic/prompt and this month it is Tell Us About……Legacy. This month’s prompt was suggested by the lovely Leslie from Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After  and it made me pause and ask myself – What will my legacy be? I’ve never really thought about it so now was a good opportunity to actually take some time to ruminate on the subject.

What does ‘legacy’ mean?

I consulted ‘AI’ for this one to see what came up. I had a vague idea and to be honest felt it was a bit like writing my eulogy (which I hope won’t be required for some time yet). It’s one of those subjects that I’ve never really taken time to ponder so this prompt gave me the opportunity to delve more into the meaning. The result from AI was as I expected with a little more thrown in by me as I expanded on what legacy means to me.

A legacy is the impact, influence, or imprint that a person leaves behind after they have passed away or moved on from a particular stage in their life. It encompasses the memories, accomplishments, values, and contributions that shape how they are remembered by others. Legacy can be reflected in various forms, such as the positive changes one makes in their community, the relationships they build, the knowledge they pass on, or the creative works they leave behind. It is a way for individuals to leave their mark on the world and continue to have an enduring presence even after they are gone.

Okay, so impact, memories, accomplishments, values – how have I embodied those? I once wrote a post #ToEachHerOwn Campaign – Why it’s important to share & celebrate your story. In that post I wrote:

Sharing and celebrating our story helps us to learn more about ourselves.  We often dismiss our qualities or experiences as not being important, yet they are what make us who we are.

Sharing our story is not just important for ourselves but it is also of importance to our children and grandchildren.  

Re-reading the post made me realise that I probably haven’t thought too much about my legacy because I associate the word with ‘larger than life’ actions or people who have actually made a difference in the world.

That is certainly not me BUT perhaps it is….. I haven’t made an impact worldwide, but I hope and believe I have made an impact within my family and close circle.

I’d like to think that perhaps I’ve made a difference to my readers of my blog, followers on social media and listeners to my Podcast (which is now also being broadcast by a community radio station), encouraging them to Live Well Enjoy Life and most of all be a woman living life her way.

My Legacy

I thought as a start I would use the word legacy to try to capture my legacy. I found this method of using each letter as a prompt for the different ways I would like to be remembered a good starting point. For me, although I’ve listed some achievements, I would like those to remember my qualities as a human being. How I lived my life, how I treated others and the values of upheld as important to me.

L – Loving: I would like to be remembered for being loving and kind – not only to my inner circle as a Wife, Mother, Nan and friend but also showing kindness and compassion to all. Throughout my life, I have strived to show love and compassion not only to my family and friends but also to those I encounter along the way.

E – Encourager: I have always been someone who encourages, uplifts and inspires others. Encouragement can have a huge impact on someone’s journey. Whether it’s through my words, my actions, or my support, I want to be remembered as someone who lifted others up and helped them realize their full potential. I am always fulfilled and joyful when I’ve learned that someone has achieved their goal and that my encouragement helped them get over the line.

G – Generous of spirit: Giving has always been an important value to me and one that I learned from my Mum. I have strived to be generous not only with my resources but also with my time and energy. Whether it’s lending a helping hand to those in need or simply listening to someone who needs a shoulder to lean on, I want to be remembered for my generosity of spirit.

A – Active Achiever:

Part of my legacy is to inspire others to ‘go for it’ by being a role model and leading by example by highlighting the importance of and practice of keeping both my mind and body fit and healthy. I have always prided myself on my commitment to personal growth with a love of life-long learning and achieving goals I have set for myself. Hopefully I have also proven that it is never too late to start and we can do anything that we put our mind to – all we have to do is try. Looking back apart from my biggest achievement of being a mother to two fabulous children, it was mainly in my 50s when I started to achieve new heights and explore new possibilities.

I started running at 50, ran my first marathon at 55 and have run 4 marathons in my 60s. I studied for and achieved my Certification to become a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer at 63 and 64. I started my podcast at 63.

I’ve been able to play and get amongst it with my grandsons (who think I can do anything) because I have maintained a healthy lifestyle.

C Celebrating & Sharing my story

One aspect of my legacy is the importance I place on sharing and celebrating our stories. I’ve tried to share my story and experiences through my blog . By sharing our experiences and perspectives, we can learn more about ourselves and others. By sharing our story we celebrate our achievements but more importantly who we are, what our qualities and values are. I hope to be remembered as someone who encouraged others to share and celebrate their own stories, enriching their lives and leaving a lasting impact.

Y – You-nique – Okay a play on words but above all else my legacy, like most of us is to be remembered for who we are as an individual. To be remembered for our Unique qualities. I am ME and there is no-one else in the world who is exactly the same as me. I hope I’ve left my unique footprint on the lives of those, I’ve loved or touched throughout my life. I hope that I’ve encouraged others to recogonise their unique qualities and to have the courage to live an authentic life and be true to themselves.

I like to see my legacy as a tapestry woven with love, encouragement, generosity, achievement, individuality, and recognising my uniqueness. , I would like to think I will be remembered as someone who made a positive impact on the lives of others and left behind a legacy of inspiration and connection.

When I first saw this month’s prompt, my first reaction was ‘Oh no, what am I going to write’! Now that I’ve finished I’m so glad that Leslie selected this word – thank you, Leslie. It has made me delve into who I am, acknowledge with pride some of my accomplishments (instead of hiding them away), dig deep into my soul and be honest on the legacy I would like to leave and be remembered for.

During this process, I’ve discovered that I really know who I am. I’m comfortable with ME and embrace and celebrate my unique qualities.

Over to you now and I leave you with this question: What will your legacy be?

Sue Loncaric

Tell Us About….Contributors

Leslie from Once Upon a Time, Happily Ever After On pondering this month’s prompt, Leslie at Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After writes:  One of the most touching things I was told just after Mom died in 08.2022, was that my brother, sister, and I were her legacy.  My (former) sister-in-law Metra was the sweetheart who imparted those words to us. And they were such a comfort to me.  I felt like Mom had gifted us with so much in her 95 years and now it was up to us to carry on for her.  A big job!! Find her post at   https://onceuponatimehappilyeverafter.com/tell-us-about-09-2023-legacy


Gail from Is This MuttonKathleen Lovis was an ordinary woman who never owned a house or car. She didn’t go abroad until she was 81. Kathleen started working at 14. She was the grandmother of Gail from Is This Mutton, who treasures Kathleen’s legacy of a handwritten memoir and recipe book. Find her post at  https://www.isthismutton.com 

Deb from Deb’s World (Australia) –Debbie embraces the quirkiness of life in her response to the question of her legacy, thanks to some helpful technologies.

Suzy from The Grey Brunette (Brit living in Portugal) –Suzy’s blog post explores her aspiration to leave a lasting legacy of creativity, inspiration, and empowerment, emphasizing the importance of igniting creativity within oneself and others. Find her post at https://www.thegreybrunette.com/lets-talk-about-legacy/

Marsha, from Marsha In the Middle  – Marsha is sharing the legacy of a truly extraordinary man.  His legacy is in the thousands of children and adults who were fortunate enough to have known him.

Penny from Frugal Fashion Shopper Penny felt rather at a loss when contemplating ‘Legacy’ as she had decided to leave this planet with the least fuss possible. And yet she has things to say about ‘Legacy’ which will become clearer when you read her post!  However, Penny is on holiday this week and will post her piece shortly, so no link today!”

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28 Comments

  • Reply Debbie September 21, 2023 at 08:20

    This is a great response to the prompt for Tell Us About Sue! You’re so creative and your LEGACY words are all perfect for you. I thought it was a hard topic at the beginning but once I got into it I really enjoyed it and found I learnt things about myself too. I like that we both used different technologies and it shows how they can help sort things out in our minds. It’s not something I use all the time but can be be helpful as you have shown. Great post 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 22, 2023 at 09:48

      Hi Deb, I struggled at first but once I decided to actually use the word, the post came together. AI has it’s uses and I think it is a great starting point if you have a stumbling block. You can then put your own words in. x

  • Reply leannelc September 21, 2023 at 10:24

    Hi Sue – I often think about what my legacy will be – because now is the time to be creating it. I look at my mum and my MIL and the completely different legacies they’ll be leaving – and it all comes back to the approach they’re taking to life. I think being remembered for having invested in others and being non-critical and a cheerleader sounds like a pretty good legacy to me. You’ve certainly gotten a handle on it now that you’ve written your post 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 22, 2023 at 09:49

      I haven’t really thought about my legacy, Leanne so this prompt actually made me take the time to reflect on my life and what I want my legacy to be.

  • Reply marsha57 September 21, 2023 at 13:14

    Sue, this is really a thought provoking post for me. I’ve always known I had a legacy as I was a teacher for many years. But, I’ve never thought about how my life itself has its own legacy. I hope you know what I mean. I really enjoyed the way you used the letters of the word to help you put into words your own legacy. And, I’m very impressed by your achievements after age 60 when most people think we’re just sitting around waiting for the Grim Reaper!

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 22, 2023 at 09:51

      Hi Marsha, it took me some time to actually write the post as I just couldn’t get my head around it at first. I’m not sitting waiting for the Grim Reaper, he will have to come and find me LOL 🙂 Have a lovely week. x

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton September 21, 2023 at 17:34

    I struggled with the prompt because I couldn’t see beyond larger than life achievements and people. Well done Sue on a fantastic post that celebrates your positive impact and achievements. I was recently asked in an interview to give my proudest achievement, but I couldn’t think of anything. Fortunately I had my grandmother’s memoir to call on, and I’m glad to share for posterity some very different experiences of life.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 22, 2023 at 09:51

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Gail. I see we all struggled with the prompt at first, however, I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone’s thoughts on the word ‘Legacy’. x

  • Reply The Grey Brunette September 21, 2023 at 18:23

    What a fabulous post, Sue! I particularly love that you inspire others to ‘go for it’ which is what I always try to do too. I struggled with this prompt, not having kids myself but it ended up being a brilliant one!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 22, 2023 at 09:53

      Thanks so much, Suzy. I wasn’t sure about my post and how it would be received but I’m pretty happy with the result. I struggled with the prompt, too but I think we’ve all done an amazing job with our posts. I really enjoyed yours and your thoughts on creativity. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections September 22, 2023 at 07:52

    Hi, Sue – Your legacy is definitely worldwide. You have influenced me in endless positive ways and we live over 11868.91 km apart. Great post!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 22, 2023 at 09:53

      You are such a lovely friend, and one who has influenced me as well. Wow! We do live a long way apart even though I feel we are just next door. Thanks goodness for Zoom xx

      • Reply Janine September 22, 2023 at 16:18

        Hi Sue – you are definitely living up to your legacy ideals. You are a great inspiration to so many, you are loving, kind and generous too. Your family must be very proud of you. Thanks for sharing such a personal and thoughtful post

        • Reply Sue Loncaric September 28, 2023 at 17:39

          Thanks so much Janine for your lovely words. I do try to live by what I say and hope that I’ve made my family proud. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee September 22, 2023 at 19:44

    I like what you did with the letters. I also like you hadn’t thought about it – you seem so goal focused (an achiever) and that’s what I associate with people that organised (even down to legacy)
    Good post!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 28, 2023 at 17:39

      Thanks Lydia. This prompt stumped me so I started with the letters and that really helped. x

  • Reply Bernie September 25, 2023 at 13:46

    Sue, this is a wonderful post. How true we often don’t acknowledge the positive things we do or are. This post strikes just the right balance. I know that your podcasts are definitely leaving a legacy and changing lives now so KUDOS. Bernie

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 28, 2023 at 17:40

      Thank you so much Bernie for your lovely words. My podcast has now been taken up by a Community Radio Station and I’m so pleased to be able to give back to the community. x

  • Reply Min Write of the Middle September 27, 2023 at 06:54

    Hi Sue, I often think about what my legacy might be these days. I think more so since Dad died. Mortality kind of becomes more real after a loss like that as I’m sure you know. Firstly, I’d have to agree with all you’ve written here – you are loving and kind, an encourager, generous of spirit, an active achiever and you do celebrate and share your story and most definitely you are your own You-nique person (love that play on words). I would like to think that I will be remembered as being a kind, caring and loving mother, daughter, wife, and friend who is creative and has a great affinity for animals. Something like that? So long as I’m remembered as a good person I guess! Hope you have a wonderful week! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 28, 2023 at 17:42

      Thank you Min for your beautiful words and above all else, I think ‘so long as I’m remembered as a good person’ hits the spot. You are caring, supportive and super talented with your artwork. You are compassionate and a giver. I’m sure your family are very proud of you. x

  • Reply OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com September 27, 2023 at 13:20

    You are welcome!! I realize this wasn’t any easy prompt about which to write but everyone really rose to the occasion and wrote some beautiful posts. I like the format you used in your post…spelling out legacy like an acrostic poem. I can think of a zillion ways you are creating a legacy for your family and friends…. those birthday cakes you bake for the grands, your runs with the Saturday sisters, the devotion you showered on your MIL, the enthusiasm you have for being alive!! What an essay. Save this post for your grandbabies.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 28, 2023 at 17:42

      Thank you, Leslie. You are such a beautiful soul and I appreciate our connection xx

  • Reply Christie Hawkes September 28, 2023 at 02:47

    I love this, Sue, and I think it’s safe to say that what you described as the legacy you hope to leave is definitely how I think of you. I once did a similar exercise, writing a description of how I hope to be remembered, as a way to touch base with whether I was living my life in tune with my personal values. I found it quite useful and enlightening.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 28, 2023 at 17:43

      Thank you, Christie. I hope I do live up to my expectations. Your exercise of touching base with how you are living your values is a great idea. Thanks for sharing. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan September 29, 2023 at 15:39

    A very impressive legacy Sue and your words for each letter were very caring, honest and thoughtful.
    It was great to see link up your blog post this week at Denyse’s Words and Pics for #WWandPics. Thank you for being part of the community. Warm wishes and appreciation from Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 30, 2023 at 10:59

      Thank you Denyse. I haven’t ever taken the time to really think about my legacy so this was a great opportunity. I also enjoyed reading how the other bloggers interpreted the prompt. x

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid October 2, 2023 at 06:03

    I love what you’ve done with the letters – your blog is your legacy too as it embodies all of the actions and values you outline in this post 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 2, 2023 at 10:36

      Thanks so much, Sammie. I struggled with the prompt at first, but I got there in the end and it was a really good exercise to do. x

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