One of my dad’s final wishes just before he died, was to have a day at the seaside. So we did, we went to Mablethorpe. A few weeks later, he was carried out of his home for the last time to spend a mere 48 hours in a hospice before departing on his next adventure. When he left, he needed so little it hardly filled a small bag.
The years we spend furnishing the house, buying the clothes, having the latest gadgets, chasing the promotion, missing key moments in life to make the deadline ultimately all come down to this.
Things are of no value, you don’t need them in death. What really matters is the legacy you leave behind.
My dad’s legacy was strength, courage, kindness, unconditional, never-ending love and an ability to be himself unfettered by the world around him. We didn’t have a rich life measured by material wealth but we were rich beyond imagination in the ways that mattered.
If you are going to be late home from work tonight let it be because you are building a legacy not trying to get a promotion.
If you are worrying about money let it be because you need to keep your family safe and fed not because you need a larger house or a new gadget.
If you are worried about what others think of you – please don’t.
And on that note, I will end this article – be brave, be kind and be you.
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