This is the last Monday of 2013. I always find the passing of each year bittersweet but this year in particular, I am excited for 2014. I am ready to leave 2013 behind and embark on the next year’s journey that hopefully holds many opportunities and possibilities for self exploration, soul searching and of course, new adventures.
Christmas around these parts of New York was quiet but wonderful. Although I only spent an overnight at my parents’ in Queens, I love waking up at their house on Christmas morning. While we don’t have any special rituals, the time together is important and special nonetheless (read: no Christmas jammies in our house). Nothing beats the comforts of the home you grew up in even when you’re 33 and have your own home.
Unfortunately, the excitement of Christmas and the new year was cut short with the news of my uncle’s unexpected and sudden passing on Friday evening. While we weren’t close and hardly knew each other, and the geographic distance between my immediate family and his branch of the family tree was vast, he was my dad’s twin brother and for that I am sad. No one in my family has lived a terribly long life which is concerning and has led me over the past few days to ask myself: How do I want to be remembered?
Which had me thinking about this TED talk from one of my favorite authors:
Yes, seems morbid and who wants to think about their own obituary when they’re still alive? But, the points are valid and very well-made. I have watched this inspiring talk time and time again – it’s worth the 16 minutes of your time – and always come back to it for the sheer reason that a life well-lived, free of regret, and a genuine kindness toward others should be the legacy we strive for every single day we’re here on this planet because, it is not length of life, but depth of life.
How do you want to be remembered? How are you closing out 2013?