When You Are Gone What Will You Be Remembered For? – What Will Be Your Legacy? – It Really Should Matter

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou

“No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.” – Taylor Swift

I have had an industrious life! This is especially apparent when I consider my humble beginning and that which I have endured through. I have traveled internationally, with ‘my favorite girl in the world’, my mother. I have given up my heart, time, and money to many people, some of which who abused my generosity. Every day I focus on the future, using the past as a gauge to strategize what’s important next in my life. I have no regrets. That’s because over 10 years ago, I decided that creating my legacy was a high priority in my life. I do give importance to how I am remembered.

New Orleans generally tends to be kind when honoring those who have passed on, sometimes with jazz funerals, even today! This surely influenced the importance of legacy in my life.

New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band – New Orleans style funeral procession – 187,616 views – Laurie-Anne Collins – Published on Jun 2, 2012

New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band – New Orleans style funeral procession

It’s almost comical how my family reacted when I revealed to them that legacy was important to me. At the time I was caring for my mother, and my sister in Atlanta ridiculed me for using legacy as my basis for serving and serving my mother so meticulously. Well, in this case, and now, creating my legacy is not a diabolical plot. Leaving a legacy of my eldercare experience is intended to be helpful to others, particularly my sibling’s children. But, think about it, doing anything that’s ‘good’ as part of a legacy is not a bad thing. That’s because a person’s legacy reveals their purpose, and how they want to be admired.

“What is clear is that we human beings need to have our lives witnessed, Viktor Frankl wrote “the only thing worse than suffering is suffering that goes unwitnessed.” Frankl, 1955/1986

There aren’t many inspiring stories in my family with regard to caregiving. My sister in law gave me advice on caring for my mother, which I was initially receptive to until I found out that she put her mother in a nursing home, and therefore did not have to make many sacrifices for her. She also proved to be a spiritual perpetrator.

With regard to my siblings, they refused to work together to support our mother’s needs, and ultimately walked out on me, leaving me to care for her until she went to glory. My mother experienced the same situation, having to drop out of school to care for her mother and grandfather. Her sister, my aunt, preferred to be ‘out in the streets’. I believe that my family is cursed in this area.

Leaving a legacy filled with positive deeds, not just talk, will hopefully inspire the younger generation to act more lovingly to the very parents that ignored their own. The verdict is not out on this, but I sure hope my service has a positive impact on their deeds.

“We have a calling on our lives to leave the world better than how we found it.” – Jim Rohn

Leaving a legacy for others to follow is what drives my writing and this blog. It also gives me a chance to write my own history instead of someone else doing so, considering the deception, lies, and betrayals in my story.

Using the internet to chronicle my story is especially helpful since the internet is permanent. My story may just be around, long after I have transcended.

“It’s never a question of skin pigmentation. It’s never a question of just culture or sexual orientation or civilization. It’s what kind of human being you’re going to choose to be from your mama’s womb to the tomb and what kind of legacy will you leave.” – Cornel West

One last thought on leaving a legacy is that had it not been for our parents, grandparents, and ancestors, we would not have wisdom or ‘golden rules’ to follow. Had not been for prophets, and world leaders, like MLK, Gandhi, JFK, and Mandela, we would not have a gauge to juxtapose against our own actions.

Whether you acknowledge it or not, you are writing your legacy today. Please be more mindful of this so that it better shapes every choice you make from this day forward, and helps others after you become a spirit to them.

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.” – William Shakespeare

I want my followers to understand my perspective on life today. It will help to better appreciate my posts.

This is why my blog is called Life Is A Teacher. I have made many mistakes, and have had many successes, that has equally made me wiser.

Here is why leaving my legacy is important to me, as well as, the Triumphs and Defeats of the choices that I’ve made:

Why Legacy Is Important to Kevy

  • It Tells Others of Your Contribution To The World;
  • It Allows You to Represent Your Story, Not Someone Else
  • It Shows Your Growth Which May Help Others
  • It Requires Soul-Searching & Reflection To Find The True Meaning Of Your Life
  • It Inspires You To Always Improve Current Day Choices By Considering What Matters Most, Now
  • It Guides Shows Your Consideration For Others In Everything You Do – It Pulls You Away From the Gravity of Selfishness
  • If You Are To Have A Legacy To Leave Behind You Have To Live The Life In Which That Legacy Was Created
  • It Fuels Your Energy To Keep You Going On The Hard Days
  • It Propagates The Exchange Of Ancestral Wisdom Just As Your Received From Others…The Transmission Of Vital Spiritual And Cultural Information And Wisdom
  • It Embodies Living Responsibly For You Know Others Will Review Your Life
  • It Keeps You Focused On the Long-Term; It Gives You A Clearer Life Focus

My Legacy Triumphs

  • I’ve traveled domestic and internationally, mainly with my mother, more than anyone in my family
  • Cared for my mother unconditionally making whatever sacrifice I could, leaving an example for others in my family, namely my siblings’ children
  • For 30 years I have challenged and defied conventional health recommendations with great success
  • I have become very knowledgeable in nutrition and alternative health
  • I have the highest education of anyone in my family
  • I am the only entrepreneur in my family
  • I am well connected with God and strive every day to get closer. I trust God.
  • I survived, safe and sound, from several close calls with death
  • I Am Uninhibited From Spreading My Gospel; I Am Leaving A Legacy
  • I Am Wise And Grateful For Every Experience & Adventure
  • I Love Myself
  • I Am At Peace
  • I am generous With Money, Material Things, Volunteerism, and Service To Others, Without Charging

My Legacy Defeats

  • I handled aggression with aggression when it would have been less stressful not to
  • I believed in anyone who praised Jesus thinking that they were holy
  • I’ve been burned, deceived, and betrayed many times
  • I am have been reactionary; I say what’s on my mind before thinking about how it helps adversaries
  • I’ve become more reclusive
  • It challenges me to trust anymore

My Legacy Triumphs That Seem Like Defeats – What I’ve Learned

  • My use of drugs: It led me to God as my escape and source of solace. It led me to sobriety and understanding of my weaknesses before it ever led me to addiction or ‘rock bottom’.
  • My excessive spending: It’s made me more frugal, more humble, and has blessed me in other ways because my intentions were good.
  • My trusting too much: It’s made me more pragmatic with everyone, family, friends, acquaintances, and coworkers. But, it has not diminished my hope in believing that there are good people.
  • My trying to be accepted too hard: It’s, through pain, and destruction, led me to love myself.
  • My Bankruptcy: It’s humbled me, showing me that the money I made affected those around me more than it did me. It showed me that money is not the most important thing in life. Now, I’m not material.
  • My Ego: It has gotten me into a lot of trouble and confusion, but told me that my ego is not my friend. My ego may just be a manifestation of evil in my mind. Now I put my ego to work to help my greater good. See Unemployment’s Low! – Even My Ego Has A Job Now!

Articles On Legacy
Lasting connections: the importance of leaving a legacy By Tonya McMurray – Forbes Custom
Why It’s Important to Create a Lasting Legacy – By Caring.com senior editor – Last updated: Mar 15, 2018

Evan Tarver is a nonfiction writer, business owner, and fiction author.

Your Legacy – Legacy that is lived – Posted Aug 22, 2016 – William S. Breitbart M.D.A Meaningful New World







Leave Your Legacy – Motivational Speech – 180,864 views = Team Fearless – Published on Jul 5, 2015

Leave Your Legacy – Motivational Speech by Fearless Motivation Download ” One Day It Will Be Over ” – Motivational Speech on iTunes

LEAVE A LEGACY – Motivational Video – 129,291 views – MulliganBrothers – Published on Nov 24, 2016

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Leaving a Legacy – Motivational Video – 1,491 views – Mario Motivation – Published on Apr 15, 2017

This motivational video has the purpose to inspire you and make you think about the Legacy you want to leave behind. About the things you want to create and the impact you want to have on this world and the people around you.

Leave Your Legacy – 36,156 views – FellowshipStories – Published on Oct 16, 2012

Legacies transcend the boundaries of time. We create them with or without our knowledge. Our words, our deeds, all pieced together will form the history we leave behind. They are told, shown, held, felt—memories we absent-mindedly create for countless tomorrows. Legacies are roads left paved for those that will follow. They leave trails filled with reflective ideals. They are monumental. They are minimal. But, they are never forgotten.

The importance of leaving a legacy | Minke Haveman | TEDxGroningen – 10,232 views – TEDx Talks – Published on Feb 6, 2015

What will you leave behind? Minke (1982) is a storyteller, writer, marketeer and much more. She is her daughters biggest fan. She Tells stories about lots of things. Is fascinated by the meaning of loss in our lives, tears up easily, loves to laugh out loud. Read more of her stories at http://www.minkehaveman.nl This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Simple Song

My Legacy

By Kevy Michaels

It’s not that I’m ashamed of the things that I’ve done

I am proud that I have now paid the cost

I’ve paid debts to those who I hurt and who I love

For the damage I did once when I was once lost

Now I’ll never make right all of the wrongs I’ve done

Though I have turned darkness into light

But before I leave this trail behind me

I am determined to inspire someone else’s life
It’s important to me
How I leave my legacy
I want to be remembered for my strength and my hope
When my story’s at its end
I will be triumphant
For my legacy is important to me

In the past I made mistakes

And though I’m not that person anymore

If I had to, I’d do it all over again

I wouldn’t change one single thing

They may never understand

But I know the joy that came from that pain

But one thing I hope they see

When looking on my life

Is that in spite of the battles that I fought

I never gave up the fight
It’s important to me
How I leave my legacy
I want to be remembered for my strength and my hope
When my story’s at its end
I will be triumphant
For my legacy is important to me

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14 thoughts on “When You Are Gone What Will You Be Remembered For? – What Will Be Your Legacy? – It Really Should Matter

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  3. Hi
    Thank you. I am happy to see your  writing. It gives me a thoughtful thinking and am  happy for that. That is always my intention to see a post that gives me happiness.
    Am happy  to share at least a part of that happiness and love here as am  writing now.
    What you said in your post  is true, sometimes just a drop of that magical post in your blog  is enough to get a person to be happy.
    Well, If I wish to be happy is inevitable to keep the vibes flowing.
    Peace ✌and Love ❤

    1. Patrick thanks for the kind words.

      As I view it, what you are doing is equally impressive.

      I recommend that my followers follow you as well.

      I believe that there is a calling for authors, bloggers, and artists to provide a more sincere channel of communication,….and alternative to the mainstream’s distractions.

      …Just as with ancestral tradition.

      Keep it going. I know how challenging it is to write every day, but we do it with good intent and passion. That makes it joyous.

      Please consider submitting stories to repost on my blog, and vice versa.

      I am always touched when my messages reach someone. Sincere thanks.

      Warmest Regards,

      1. Thank you! I appreciate your thoughtful response.

        Such an awesome way of replying someone.
        Thanks. Again.

        You can also check on my blog for the recent post and say your own views and contribution on it.
        I did a good post about : SPOKEN WORDS CAN’T BE RETRIEVED

        Love to see your contributions on it.


        You are welcome dear friend

        Peace ✌and Love ❤

  4. This is a beautiful post Michaels Sir, It’s rare to find people like you who take life in a greater meaning and inspire others.. You are one of the Choosen.. The believer who believe In One GOD.. and life after death..
    I am happy to have found your blog.. and learn SOMETHING different than usual 💟…
    Peace 🕯

    1. Oh my God, your feedback inspires me to put more effort and passion into this mission.

      You can join in this effort too.

      Let me know if you would like to post on my blog as a featured or regular author.

      Exceeding Blessings To You

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