To Leave A Legacy

To Leave A Legacy

I’m obsessed: I want to be more than human.

I’m obsessed: I want to be more than human.

I want to be bigger than life. I want to be an idea. I want to become legend.

I want to leave a legacy.

Call me egotistical.

I want people to find my writing. I want people to connect with it. I want to be quoted, I want to be sourced, I want to be taught in schools and debated in private living rooms. I want to create something that leaves a mark.

I don’t want to be ignored.

Actually, I don’t mind being ignored — so long as what I accomplish is not ignored.

I want my music stuck in a stranger’s head. I want someone to wonder what inspired a particular song. I want people out there singing my lyrics while they’re thinking about life under the spray of a hot shower.

I want to make people feel things.

I want to make people cry. I want to make people laugh. I want to make people feel in a world that conditions us to be so numb.

I want to inspire people to be who they are. I want to give people the strength to find happiness. I want to give hope to people who feel lost. I want unhappy people know that they are not alone. I want them to know, it gets better. I want people to identify with me. I want to be someone others can look at and say “I want to be like her.”

I want to educate. I want to open minds.

I want to offer perspective in a way that gets through to people. I want to teach people to think for themselves.

I want to make people think about why they think the way they do.

I want to be fluid. I want to be flexible. I want to be strong. I want to practice what I preach. I want people to see when I fall, but also want them to be there when I make it to the top. I want to show that life is a journey, because people are so busy showing off upward progress we forget that there are bad days and it’s okay to make mistakes.

When I die, I want my influence to stay.

I want to be real. I want to be approachable. I want to give advice that helps someone succeed. I want to constantly play a direct part in others’ success.

I want to make people question the status quo.

In fact, I want to destroy the system. I want to dismantle society as we know it.

I want to save the world from itself.

But I am only human, and I can hardly save myself.