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I don’t want to be remembered for these things

I’ve have had some really terrible things happen to me,

I’ve had other human beings do awful things to me,

I’ve witnessed other human beings do awful things to each other,

I’ve done awful things to myself, to others,

I’ve even survived life threatening illnesses, yup – done that too.

All of them horrifying life experiences I would wish on no one.

I don’t want to be remembered for these things,

or remembered for surviving these things,

or remembered for surviving in spite of these things.

Honestly, I just don’t want to remember these things.

What I do want to be remembered for is living fully

not in spite of,

or in survival of,

or graded on some curve in comparison to the terrors of  –  my past,

But rather, I’d like to be remembered for the right now to the bone love of being alive.

And maybe tomorrow I’ll look at this post and roll my eyes, a little too cool for my own naked little heart, but in this moment, it’s the truth.

What do you want to be remembered for?

4 replies
  1. Brett Nordquist
    Brett Nordquist says:

    I love the way you write.

    I’ve not has as many terrible things happen to me. Maybe I’ve done some bad things. But your message of being graded on the now, is something to consider.

    I often think about everything but the now. I don’t worry a lot about the past, and I worry about how my actions and behavior will influence others. What I need to worry about is the now. Thank you for the reminder.

  2. Tim Brownson
    Tim Brownson says:

    I want to be remembered as the guy that gave away 1,000,000 copies of his book even when some fairly high profile people told him it was impossible.

    My favorite comedian Greg Giraldo died of a drug over dose a couple of weeks ago and I’m pizzed he’ll be remembered for that rather than his brilliant biting humor.

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