How do you want to be remembered?

How do you want to be remembered? Do you want to be? Will you be?

I think this is a question any person should have an answer to. It doesn’t need exactly for the world to know about you like being a celebrity or what, but just how people you know will remember you? will they remember you? or your name and “life” will be gone with you after you take your last breath?

Gone.

Just gone?

Or as you leave this human world, the scars you made to people around you or to those once in your life you met, remains to bleed and punish them? Or maybe, your kind words and simple acts of genuine love and care will continue to motivate and inspire them?

How do you want to be remembered?

Today, it just happened that me and my sisters while browsing on YouTube, bumped into the video of the 30th anniversary concert  of the King of Pop and LegendMichael Jackson, celebrating his thirty (30) years of success in the entertainment industry. Afterwards, as I was playing the new android game of Final Fantasy in my phone, I was still in the living room with my siblings and they were watching the movie “Your Name is?” – an anime with the main characters happen not to remember or know each others’ names; and, just now, watched The Bottomline, a talk show hosted by one of the best hosts in Philippine history, guesting no other than Ms. Universe 2015 Pia Wutrzbach – this time, Tito Boy Abunda asked Queen Pia that after her reign as Ms. Universe (since on the 30th of January this year she will be passing the crown. The pageant will be hosted by the Philippines), how does she want to be remembered? Her answer was so simple yet so powerful saying “I want to be remembered as Pia” (of course, her explanation is so good and true).

Somehow every one desires to be remembered.

Have you experienced seeing an old fried, schoolmate, office mate or acquaintance and as you approached, the facial expression of the person was really clueless of who you are. To make it worst, you asked “do you remember me? It’s me.. Mak.. from wherever, we met there and we did enjoyed this and that” and by the look of that person you see a big question mark.

Awkward.

After that feeling of awkwardness, what’s next is a little bit more uhm..heavier I guess. When you start asking yourself, was that really her? Did she had an accident or illness that made her forget? or simply she have short memory? Next to this is worst, when you started to ask yourself, why didn’t that person recognized me? Did I changed a lot or what? Did i made wrong to her that she intended to forget? Maybe, you just did not made enough impact in that persons life (considering that you approached the right person). Of course its no big deal, you have lots of friends and everything and it is just a petty thing to worry about.

But what if that “person(s)” are your loved ones? The people dear to you. The society. Your Nation or the World? How do you want to be remembered? Even if we know that we have no control of other peoples’ minds or impose on them to remember you or what. But really, will you be remembered?

Given that you will be remembered, how do you want to be remembered?

I really think that it is very important for all of us to ask this question as this will guide us towards where we want to be, what we want to achieve and how we want our lives to be. Maybe not exactly as how we plan it to be, but if we ask ourselves this question – it may serve as a guiding star that will make it easier for us to focus on what we want to achieve. Your current circumstance, gender, profession, religion etc. doesn’t matter at all. Just ask yourself.

As a son/daughter.. how do you want to be  remembered?

As a father/mother.. how do you want to be  remembered?

As a friend.. how do you want to be  remembered?

As a boyfriend/girlfriend.. how do you want to be  remembered?

As a husband/wife.. how do you want to be  remembered?

As a professional.. how do you want to be  remembered?

As a staff.. how do you want to be  remembered?

As a boss.. how do you want to be  remembered?

As a businessman.. how do you want to be  remembered?

As a grand father/grand mother.. how do you want to be  remembered?

and the list goes on.

I’m not suggesting for us to be so engrossed in taking on all our roles too seriously that will make us so paranoid and more insecure.

In simply answering these questions, we are giving ourselves the opportunity to look a little bit deeper about ourselves… about our life.

In this very noisy world of information and wired (or wireless) connection, we may fall into the trap of being so interested in the lives of others and without us being conscious about it, we lose sight and attention about our own lives. There’s nothing wrong with social media and the wonders technology has brought us. If we have time to browse and check on the lives of our friends, celebrity idols, and everyone, I am just suggesting that we also set aside time to check on ourselves.

What I am suggesting is for us to work on what is inside of us, by then we will shine naturally.

How do you want to be remembered?

I know you are a winner. I know you are amazing. I know you know it too. You will be remembered, so start working on the image full of love, passion, joy, hope, faith and don’t forget the fun! We may be imperfect, our life story may not be perfect or comparable to the big stories in books and movies, but its perfectly well to be imperfect. We do not need to compare our life to other peoples lives. We may be facing great challenges now and a lot more ahead of us, but what matters is that we live our life.

How do you want to be remembered?

As for me, I’m still working on it. We can do it. Let’s all continue to create a wonderful life and create wonders!

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