A life of purpose cannot be defined by a singular accomplishment. Each person has a unique combination of gifts and abilities that make up their contribution to the world. I highly encourage reaching for the stars, but you don’t have to be a Pulitzer Prize winner to leave a legacy. Leaving a legacy and living a life with no regrets is more about embracing the lessons life teaches. It is about having the wisdom to grow, learn, expand and change when needed.
So What Exactly is a Legacy?
A legacy is what you leave behind for the world to remember. It can be the influence you had on a friend or the job you performed as a parent. It can be a charitable contribution or the impact you made on the business world.
Large or small, we are all leaving a legacy. Living a life with no regrets involves defining what you want that legacy to be. Don’t let someone else decide. Only you know what type of life you want to lead. It is never too late to leave a mark, even if it is as simple as a smile or a kind word for those around you. Many times we underestimate the impact of a small gesture. Kind expressions, no matter how seemingly insignificant, may be the thing that people remember about you after your time has passed.
How to Live with No Regrets
Living a life free of regrets involves letting go. It involves letting go of the would-have, should-have, could-have mentality. Dwelling on how you could have lived differently is detrimental to your spirit. Sometimes we do the best we can with the knowledge we have at the time. Frequently the wrong choices bring us to the right places. Make the choice now to forgive yourself, as the world needs the best of you. You cannot give your best when you dwell on past hurts or perceived mistakes.
Another part of leaving a legacy is living a full life that you love and which you are sharing with others. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What have I enjoyed most in my life so far?
- What am I passionate about?
- What would I like to be remembered for?
Questions like these can be powerful in defining your goals and moving you into a life that you are proud to live.
To live a life with no regrets, leave behind a legacy for your family and the world by simply enjoying your life daily. Forgive yourself and others, follow your own path, seek happiness in the little things, and find something you enjoy that allows you to share and give back. Be kind and gracious to those you meet and embrace the joyful life you were meant to live.
As Benjamin Disraeli said, “Man is only truly great when he acts from his passions.”
Live out your passions and rest assured that you can leave this life with no regrets.