This may be a bit of a morbid question, but it is one that I think about quite often. I think about my grandmother who we lost too soon, but who loved hard and worked hard. She was never afraid to speak her mind and work for what she wanted. I also think about my great grandmother who was quirky and loving. She would lay out in her black underwear in her yard to tan, stand on her head every day and drink beer from a coffee mug so no one would know when she was drinking (or so she thought).
I want to be remembered as both quirky and hard working. I want to be remembered for being honest and crass yet compassionate and loyal. I want to be remembered as someone willing to take risks and go for their dreams. I want to be remembered as a free spirit, open to new experiences and meeting new people.
We all have bad days where we don’t act like we should, but that is likely not how people will remember you. People will remember the times you were raw and exactly who you should be. They will remember the times you threw caution to the wind in terms of your pride and just embraced who you are meant to be.
Think about the people in your life that you admire or have admired from time to time. Then, take an honest look at yourself. Do you like the things that make you a little different or quirky? Do you like how you feel when you have gone after your dreams with an unwavering passion? Those qualities are what make you memorable. Be who you want to be remembered as. We only get one shot in this life, so make it count. Don’t be afraid to be unapologetically you.