Building a legacy

“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”  – Chuck Palahniuk

Sometimes, when I’m alone, I ask myself all sorts of questions. Am I building something now? Am I the person I’ve always wanted to be? If not, am I becoming that person or did I get lost on the way? Are my dreams coming true? You know, the type of questions one does not like to ask. But I keep asking them, I keep trying to find answers.

I’d like to believe that my stories are going to last for a long, long time. Maybe for as long as the human race itself. But what can you do about this? How can you build a legacy? How can you make sure that people will remember you?

The only question I can think of is this: you have to live your life exactly the way you want to. That’s what true courage is all about: acting without regard to consequences. Or something like that. And do only the things you love to do. There isn’t time for anything else.

We often take time for granted. We believe tomorrow is certain. But it’s not. Sadly, we can never see what the future holds.

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. And in my definition of a writer, it doesn’t matter if you publish paperbacks or e-books, or if you just blog. Being a writer isn’t about genre or style or awards. Being a writer is simply about writing. Finding an audience is important, I give you that, and I am truly grateful for being able to present my thoughts to such a large audience, but I don’t think this is the most important part.

When I sit at my desk and I write, nothing else matters. To me, this simple act brings joy to my heart. And suspended inside the few moments that I spend writing, I’m perfect. I don’t need anything else, I don’t want anything else. There’s nothing to take from those moments, nothing to add or change.

A few moments of perfection, that’s how great things are built. And then, everything that follows, it doesn’t matter. Because you keep on writing. You write when you feel like it, and you write when you don’t. You write when you’re happy, sad, confused, or tired. You write when you have to write, when you feel there are too many words crammed inside your skull, and you write when you don’t feel like it.

That’s why I want to build something great. Because I feel that there’s greatness to be found every time I sit at my desk and write. Because I’m happy when I write. And I want for a small part of that to remain long after I’m gone.

And I keep staring at my books, with my name on them, I keep weighing each and every copy, trying to figure out how long will it be before they turn to dust. But then I remind myself that I feel most alive when I write. And if I keep writing, beautiful things will happen.

Credendo vides, as the Romans would say. By believing one sees.

I believe I can build great things, and this belief will help create the fact, as Steinbeck would say.

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15 comments on “Building a legacy

  1. I too love to write and can relate very well to this post. I expect your writing to create a legacy because it’s focused on truthful storytelling. Remember that the truth will always remain no matter what events transpire. Let your beliefs guide you and be the building block to reaching your dreams.

  2. Wow. I just wrote something related to this (the need to write) on my blog today. I completely relate to the need to get “what’s in my skull” out. Well said!

  3. “I’ve always wanted to be a writer. And in my definition of a writer, it doesn’t matter if you publish paperbacks or e-books, or if you just blog. Being a writer isn’t about genre or style or awards. Being a writer is simply about writing. Finding an audience is important, I give you that, and I am truly grateful for being able to present my thoughts to such a large audience, but I don’t think this is the most important part.

    When I sit at my desk and I write, nothing else matters. To me, this simple act brings joy to my heart. And suspended inside the few moments that I spend writing, I’m perfect. I don’t need anything else, I don’t want anything else. There’s nothing to take from those moments, nothing to add or change.”

    My thoughts exactly.

  4. joshuadragon says:

    Whenever you find that very word what resonates with you in and out, you find Canaan…
    :)

    Keep on!

  5. As for me, I think finding an audience, whether big or small, is important in writing, because how can we be able to inspire others through our writing if no one is reading it?

  6. Nothing lasts forever. Not truth. Not legacy. Nothing.

  7. Thought provoking post, although I don’t believe that legacies last forever – most kids today don’t know who Mikhail Barysnikov is and don’t know who the Beatles were!

  8. mwanawapate says:

    Your writing gives me so much courage! I have a father who is an accomplished political news writer so everytime I write, his accomplishments always threaten attempts at self expression. Your honest words have enabled me to find my authenti voice as well and slowly, I am finding my identity as a multi cultural writer. Thank you.

  9. I love this post, Christian. In my mind, you already live forever. Don’t sweat it. Happy Holidays, and keep on keeping on!
    ~Susan Tracy

  10. Great job on making it this far, man. If I weren’t a broke college student, I’d totally chip in support. Keep on keeping on.

  11. khushnumab says:

    Feel the same . The most liberating experience in the world is to write from the heart . TC dear . Hope you continue and reach even more success

  12. T. D. Davis says:

    I suspect all of us bloggers love to write, to some extent, or we wouldn’t be here. I’m grateful to have found a passion for something else – that I can then turn around and write about it. :-) It’s always good to have something that takes us away from the keyboard as well. Continued success!

  13. aamous6252 says:

    I love the way you have described the feeling you get when you write. I wholeheartedly agree with you, when I am writing I feel truly alive. In my chaotic day to day life as a mother, writing is my quiescence. I do believe that reflecting, assessing and evaluating your life is extremely important. You may not realise this, but although you may not leave a legacy, you have influenced, inspired and left a lasting impression on many people through your writing.
    I find it incredible, that the one thing we all as humans agree upon, is one of the few thing we shy away from writing or speaking about. Death.
    Sometimes it’s not about leaving a legacy but living a dream. Keep writing!

  14. Logan says:

    I can relate a lot with this post. I used to not enjoy writing until high school and I’ve been writing ever since because I’ve felt a lot of what you felt.

  15. larousi says:

    Life is not eternal but what we do in life goes to eternity. I believe being remembered and leaving a legacy behind that impact future generations is the greatest state you can get to.
    Awesome post, I will link it in my last.
    article.

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