No matter what continent you live on, one of the focuses many cultures have is the legacy that each generation passes onto the next. We want to think that the lessons that we’ve learned in one life span will be passed on to those younger than us so they can learn from our successes and failures. Whether it’s looked at as something vain or humble is a matter of personal opinion, but what are some of the ways we can ensure our legacy continues for generations to come?
There’s no doubt that the easiest way to “live forever” is by passing your genes onto a new generation. Having children ensures that someone will remember you when you’re gone. It’s such an effective type of legacy that it’s biologically built into our brains to want our DNA to carry on and propagate the species.
Items such as medals and recognition can be passed on down the family line for generations, along with the story about how those award and medals were earned. To have your legacy continue, you want your story to be told for generations to come.
From a classical car to a home on a family plot, willing members of your family items that have been in the family for centuries is a good way to ensure that the legacy of your family continues for as long as these items are in the family.
When a family has a place to visit in order to pay respects to the deceased, the memory of a person can continue. A memorial, such as a cremation urn, or burial plot can give your family a place to go when they want to remember you.
If you want to live forever, become famous. Write an award-winning novel or direct cult classic film. The people who achieve legacy outside of their family typically have fame amongst the general public and are recognized as contributing something timeless to society.
What other ways can you think of to pass your legacy down to future generations?