Mrs. Fuzz introduced me to NieNie at NieNieDialogues. The short version of the story is that this woman and her husband were in a plane crash, and they both survived. NieNie, however, had burns over 80% of her body. She was in a coma for three months and now continues to face reconstructive surgery.
While she was in a coma and recovering, someone started updating her blog (which she had started back in 2005) with their "favorite" posts of hers. People would write in and talk about how impacted they were by her writing and the things she said, and they would pick a favorite post. They'd mention why and then the original post was reposted.
These "looks back" are amazing. It made me think about my life. If something like that happened, would anyone be so inspired by my blog posts and want to have them be reposted? Would I handle my situation with such grace? I'm not looking for a huge money-making, inspiring blog, but I am looking for a REAL life.
It made me wonder, what kind of legacy am I leaving? Will my kids remember how I yelled at them too much, and didn't say "I love you" enough? Will they remember that I never let them stop to smell the flowers or collect bugs on our walks because I was more concerned with burning more calories on a faster paced walk? The list is long. And while we are all doing our best with what we have on a given day, I know that sometimes I could simply make a different choice and life would be that much sweeter. It might cost me some calorie-burning or a few extra minutes before leaving the house, but in the long run, I will be building the kind of legacy I will be proud of. Let's see if I can do it.
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