In my 39 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to have multiple people in my life that love their family unconditionally. Without fail, and without any expectation or reciprocation, they freely give their love to those around them. They are rare gems, and a blessing to all who have the privilege of knowing them. Some of these people in my life have passed away. Some are still living. Everyone leaves a legacy to the people who love them when they die. Memories, feelings, lessons, actions, beliefs, relationships, and how you lived your life factor into that legacy. So many people consider a legacy to be an inheritance, but it is so much more. There are many things that I thought were important when I was younger that have no importance to me now. Life experiences cause us to make adjustments to our priorities. If we let it, lessons can be learned and wisdom gained from those experiences. Even the life experiences of the people around us can help us learn and grow. I’ve seen families and relationships implode because of individuals putting other things such as material possessions, jealousy, differing opinions, or personal beliefs over simply loving one another. Obviously, loving others unconditionally is not for the faint of heart. Some people are easier to love than others (Yes, I went there.). The complexity of a relationship requires careful consideration by being respectful for the feelings of others, listening without judgement, agreeing to disagree, and forgiving mistakes. Provided these things are met in a relationship by both sides, a level of trust and a bond is formed.
At the end of the day, a life well lived can only come from a place of love. And it is the only thing of any value that you can leave your loved ones.