“Our actions define our legacy.” – Star Wars | The Clone Wars
Yes. Yes, I actually quoted Star Wars. (Well, the cartoon version called “The Clone Wars”.)
Think about this quote. And then look harder at this image. This is the North Western pillar of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s an iconic structure, recognised world-wide. It has lasted 82 years (not counting the nine years it took to build), and the construction was managed by an engineer called J. J. C. Bradfield.
What actions did he take that defined his legacy? Managing the construction of the bridge is a pretty obvious one that comes to mind – one that has made a lasting impact on the world. It turns out that he was responsible for the design of many other bridges in Australia, and also designed the basis of Sydney’s CBD Railway system.
A remarkable legacy, don’t you think?
Now, here’s the thing. Everyone isn’t going to go out and create structures of this magnitude, that last for generations. It’s just not gonna happen. The world has changed, it’s busier, faster, and more committeed.
You have a unique opportunity to craft a legacy. What is it that, when you lie on your death bed, you’d like to be known for? What lasting impact would you like to make on the world?
It’s never too late to become who you might have been. Also, it’s always worth intentionally choosing how we live our lives, so that we’re living a story we’d like to tell.
Our lives are made up of days. How we live our lives is how we live our days. Our actions within those days define our legacy.
What legacy are you up for?