- Bruce Lee
Maybe this is why people nowadays post so much of their lives on the internet. Maybe this is why we post so many glimpses of our lives on Instagram and narrate our stories on Facebook. Maybe this is why I write for a blog. Maybe as human beings, we don't fear dying; it might be a fear of no longer existing.
Perhaps this is why some people want to be famous. Their fame might outlive their own physical lives. It could be why people get so excited when they see something about themselves published. Perhaps this is why people ponder about what it might say on their tombstone.
When I was a little kid, I acted like I'd live forever. Even in college, I focused on the here and now without much thought about my life post-graduation. It was when I became a father my mortality actually hit me. I couldn't live like I was immortal anymore. I have people depending on me. I need to take care of myself.
I know that one day my time on this Earth will end, and I realize that more than ever before. I do want to be remembered, but part of that is based on what I do and the other part is luck. I think the older I get the less I care about fame; I care more about the people around me.
I want to be remembered by the impact I leave on other people, especially my kids. Every parent (including myself) wishes their kids to have long, happy, and satisfying lives. Long after my passing, I want to live through them and the lives they lead.