To Live and Leave a Legacy

Sorry I haven’t been around lately. I’ve been mulling over Nattie’s death (read previous post for details); it seems to be hitting me in new and different ways each day. Sometimes I’m laughing over things she said and did, and sometimes I’m sobbing because she is deeply missed, and I think of her children. Part of me is still in shock. I’m working through it, though, and learning new things from her each day when I read through her quotes.

She loved to read, and to write, and I have been feeling the importance of living each day to the fullest, to not have regrets when it’s all said and done. Many of us artist-types have a bad habit of putting things off, both with what needs to be done and with what we dream of doing. I want to encourage us all to take each day as a gift. If you want to write a novel, start writing it now– don’t wait, because you don’t know what tomorrow holds!

Nattie didn’t know more than a month ago that she would leave this earth just a few weeks later. She had a list of books she wanted to read, and she was working through those, but probably didn’t dream that she wouldn’t complete them.

I don’t know about you, but I’m bad about procrastinating, and I’m taking Nattie’s sudden death as a wake-up call to do things right now! Live for today, not for tomorrow! Write now! Live now! Live life to its fullest, so that you have few regrets!

I have some creative writing projects that I’ve been putting off for business writing, and I’m going to start making time for the creative writing, too. I want my writing to touch others for a long time to come. Sure, providing financially is important, but the feeding of the creative soul is also vital!

I look at the legacy that Nattie’s life has left behind, I see the many lives she is continually touching through her words, and I want to live in such a way that I leave a legacy worth carrying on. I want to live and leave a legacy, don’t you?

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I'm a wife and mommy first, as well as a social media consultant/manager, editor, and writer. I'm also editor of Musical Reviewer and Houston Theatre Blog.

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7 comments on “To Live and Leave a Legacy
  1. April says:

    I understand what you’re saying completely. I feel like this whenever I watch the news and someone has died. All the things they won’t be able to do. And it makes me more determined to live my life while I am still here. I have the time to do it and I shouldn’t be so lazy because there are people who did such wonderful things who aren’t here anymore.

  2. alicia says:

    Julia – I am so very sorry about the loss of your friend. You make good points about procrastinating, which makes me stop and take a look at my sarcastic take on my own procrastination. *hugs*

  3. Jennifer says:

    I’m sorry about your friend. I’ve been having a terrible week and this kind of stuff puts things into some perspective. Not all of it because people’s lives are affected by different issues. But I like your take of taking an unthinkable situation and turning it into a grasp to live for today. It’s timely for me anyhow. Thanks.

  4. alfaking says:

    Death reminds us that tomorrow is promised to no one. The sudden death of a friend or somebody close to us is a signal that however close we may be there’s a day we have to part. We die because we are born. Life is a journey; a journey to death. For some it’s short, very short; for others it may be a long long one. For some it’s filled with roses, and for others there may be thorns. Those who’ve accomplished their mission, life’s too long. Those who are still striving, time’s too short. We never know what happens the second after.

    You said it rightly, Julia. If you need to do something, do it now, don’t postpone. For death never postpones, it’s always punctual. It comes at the least expected moment. And takes along our souls. What we leave behind is our deeds, good or bad. Only the legacy we leave will remind people of our passage on earth. The things we do will decide the way we want to be remembered.

    I wish you the best of courage after your friend’s demise. May God bless.

  5. Lori says:

    What a great post. Thanks for the reminder that today matters most.

  6. Lisa Vella says:

    Julia,

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your special friend. Your words are evidence of your love and admiration for her. Isn’t it beautiful though, that she left such a legacy? She impacted many people profoundly, and although her sudden death is untimely, it has helped many to remember the importance of seizing the day. That’s a wonderful lesson for us all as we so easily get caught up in the busyness of life.

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers, Julia!

    Take care,

    Lisa

  7. Gayla McCord says:

    I’m so sorry for the loss. We recently had a family friend who went very quickly too. Sometimes a blessing for those left behind that they didn’t have to watch a loved one suffer, but also leaves behind a sense that something was left unfinished or unspoken.

    I’m in Indiana and not far from where she lived. I’m only sorry I didn’t get to know her sooner.

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