Life is short

I'm nearly 70 and I could tell the story of my life in one hour. MY grandmother lived to be 99 and it was frightening how easy it was for her to tell the story of her own life. A farmers wife who raised three daughters and two sons. Then she took care of her grandchildren. Not much anything else. Even her painless death was uneventful.

Being close to death myself and having lost every friend and several relatives to diseases and accidents I now understand that unless your a famous scientist, architech, artist, writer etc you will be forgotten almost immediately after your funeral.

Go to any cemetary and look at the abandoned graves. Thats whats in store for most people.

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  • When we die, all that's left is our memory. We live as long as those who remember us. What doesn't die is your influence. You've tagged your post with "daughter" and "son" and the values that you've instilled in them will be passed along to every generation they create, long after you're gone. Did you teach them to work hard? Did you teach them the importance of family? Your great, great grandchildren will maybe never know you, or even anything about you (I certainly know nothing about anyone beyond my great grandparents, even woefully little about them), but some small part of the influence you had on your children will continue in the blood of theirs.

  • I was going to write something here, but what appears above is much more accurate and eloquent. Listen ^this^ advice.

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