"This" is this short blog post by Seth Godin, "What are you leaving behind?" He says:
All day long you're emailing or tweeting or liking or meeting... and every once in a while, something tangible is produced. But is there a mark of your passage? Fifty years later, we might hear a demo tape or an outtake of something a musician scratched together while making an album. Often, though, there's no trace.But we actually live in a time when leaving things behind is very easy. I have some pictures from my father (who died when I was 13), some of his notebooks, but not much more. I remember we taped his voice once, but I unfortunately recorded over it by accident some time later, losing it forever. Now, we can make movies with our phones. Amazing.
And there are so many examples of great projects that are already "left behind." A young friend of mine, Leyla Dam, wrote a book with her mother's recipes and self-published it through lulu.com. She created it as a Christmas gift for her mother, but it is so much more.
|Pages from Leyla Dam's cookbook|
- Agatha tells the story of her father and how he came here from Poland to start a new life.
- Heather writes about special needs kids and what schools are (or not) doing about them.
- Elizabeth's post is about her cousin Nikki, who died of cancer when she was 15, but there is a nice story behind her death, as the Build-A-Bear company have a bear in her name. Nikki died so young, and yet, she did leave something behind.
There are so many other examples of things you can leave behind. I have a friend who writes about gluten-free diets, or others that just have great personal blogs, where you may learn something or not, maybe you just love reading about them. It doesn't have to be a blog or a book. I have a friend who has written journals for each of her three kids, since their birth. What an amazing gift those kids will have.
So, I thought, "what am I leaving behind?" I am happy to say that I believe that I'm leaving this blog as a trail of what it is that I am. It does not matter that it is not perfect, it doesn't have to be. I know that it is already helping people in ways I could not have imagined and it is helping me be happier. The excitement of my Tuesday idea, which changes by Thursday and then the choosing of the picture, the last minute altering of it, the research I have to do, the links to include, all adds up to great joy. This is not my profession. This is my passion. And if I don't write any more tips, if I don't get to talk about Vitamin D, you already have a glimpse of me. I have already accomplished something. And I do think it is a great way to be happier.
Sometimes we think we do not have anything new or different to offer. But it's not a matter of being different or new. It just has to be something that it is YOU. What you have to share is much more important than you realize. We all have something to offer.
What are you leaving behind?
PS: We are doing an experiment in our house and plan to be with no electronics on Sundays, so I have moved the day I write the blog to Saturdays. Wish us good luck.