How does one leave a legacy?

What’s in a legacy? And how does one go about leaving such a thing?

Last weekend, my cute mom mentioned that she doesn’t know if she’s created any kind of legacy for herself. Of course, this is nonsense because she’s amazing in every way, but it’s a valid question. She’s naturally dealing with issues related to her own mortality right now, and these are the kinds of questions that are going through her sweet head.

My mom’s question and other recent developments have got me thinking…what counts as a legacy? Have I left one? If I were to get hit by a bus tomorrow (knock on wood), would there be anything left that would count as my “legacy?” I dunno.

If the answer is “no,” then what would I need to do to change that answer? I don’t have lots of money to donate to a college. I don’t have the cure for leprosy. Is it things of this nature that count as a legacy, or is it simpler than that?

My mom says that we, her children, are her legacy. (I love you, Mom.) I don’t have children. I have dogs. Do they count? What about my work? Is it something I’ll be remembered for long after I’m gone? Or is it my Barbie collection that’s going to leave my imprint in the history books? Doubtful.

Shoot. I don’t mean to depress. These are just some of the questions on my mind as of late, and I thought that perhaps you could help shed some light on the subject. What’s in a legacy and how do I go about creating such a thing for myself? I want to make the most of my time on this earth, and there’s no time like the present to start living.