Today I struggled to figure out the exact direction for this post. I have several ideas I want to use a bit later this month, but I knew I wanted to unpack the idea of legacy a bit more first. So, as I was going out normal morning activities and listening to one of my podcasts, a light bulb moment happened. I keep my podcast queue full and listen when I get a chance throughout the day. This morning, Spycast came up with their Part 3 series about the aftermath of 9/11. I know, you may be thinking, “what the heck does a podcast about spies and espionage have to do with legacy?” (If you’re wondering what led me to listen to that podcast, I have a serious love for all things criminal justice and listen to as many podcasts about the topic as I can find. I even have a degree in it!)
Anyway, back to the idea of 9/11 and legacy. The intersection came for me when the host of the podcast said the phrase “the legacy of 9/11.” And I went, “wait, what? There’s a legacy left by 9/11?” Call me naive, but I’d never thought of it in that context before.
Legacy Events in Life
As I mulled the idea over and over while watching Sarabeth play in the bathtub this morning, I realized that we all have legacy events in our life. Yes, 9/11 left a major legacy in our country. It changed the way we think, act, and engage with other countries. One singular event changed the trajectory of our country, most likely permanently at this point.
So I started to think about the legacy events in my own life.
What are the things that shaped me?
I think of a conversation with a guy friend in college who took the big brother role in my life. That changed the way that I related to the guys in my life. And how I sought to heal from past relationship hurts.
I think about being fired for the first time from a job. It taught me to seek help more quickly. When you try to do it all on your own, you become a sinking ship.
I think about my cousin being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. I learned about grief and the process of healing. It forever changed the trajectory of my life.
I think about being invited to a Christmas service at a new church. It eventually led me to meet Eric and that definitely shaped my life. 😉 (I’ll share more of this story when I talk about Rob’s legacy impact on my life).
What are the things that shaped you?
We all have those big events in our lives that cause us to change our life course. I’d love to hear what some of those events are for you. Will you share in the comments? Or shoot me an email (email@example.com).
This post is day 3 of the #mylegacylife series. If you missed a previous post, click HERE to see all the posts.