Today I decided to check out a top motivational text that is said to put the fire under top creative minds and entrepreneurs and creatives the world over.
I read the obituaries.
At first it wasn’t so bad.
Long-lived military heroes, entertainers and leaders were described with intriguing detail.
Translator for the First Lady.
Local child-star turned architect, businessman and philantropist
Soldiers who found love but lost it to tragedy
These were fascinating posts, some of which went on for several pages. But then there were the others.
"Husband of . . ."
"Retired. . ."
"From our city. . ."
Obituaries that merely bore witness to the fact that a person had been born, and now, at a later date, they are now dead.
Where were the stories for these men and women, and in some cases, mere children?
Do we really have nothing more to say other than, “They were not a corpse at first but now they are”?
I understand being a wife or a father or being survived by a loving family is an achievement in itself, but call me selfish, I want a little more. Actually, I want a lot more.
I want my story to be so powerful that people are still talking about it 104 years after my body is underground.
I want to be remembered as someone who helped others.
Someone who was kind.
A great mother.
A savvy, growth-minded entrepreneur
An amazingly creative and prolific artist.
An Army Veteran.
I want the person writing my obituary to need at least 20 punctuation marks to do the story justice. I want the to have to think long and hard about what they can leave out to be able to fit my story into their allotted space.
What about you?
Do you want to be remembered as someone who lived and died, or do you want to be remembered as someone who lived so hard, she brought others to life?
What do you want on your tombstone?
(If you did not just think of pizza, you missed the 90s entirely.)
If you could only have a One-Sentence epitaph, what would yours be?