Our Lives are History in the Making... So Make it Good!

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Football Clip ArtToday is Superbowl Sunday. I have to confess, I'm not a huge fan of football. But when I was making my plans for the weekend yesterday, I decided to leave time to watch the big game, because it's history in the making.

While lying in bed last night, I was thinking about that fact, and it dawned on me that everything we do is "history in the making". It may not be remembered by as many people as the Superbowl... but then again, it might.

Photo of Jennie WadeOn July 13th, 1863, Jennie Wade was baking bread for Union soldiers in her home in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A stray bullet passed through two wooden doors and killed her on the spot, making her the only civilian casualty in those three intense days of battle. Now, over 100 years later, her home is a museum, visited by thousands of people a year. I'm sure she didn't wake up that morning knowing she would "make history". Many history-makers don't.

But, even more importantly, we're writing our own personal histories every day of our lives. All the decisions we make, all the people whose lives we touch, change who we are and who we will become. It's exciting to think that we have the power to create our own histories. It's never too late to write ourselves the way we want to be.

Blank BookWhether we're remembered by millions of people, like a famous Superbowl quarterback or Jennie Wade, or by one person, it doesn't matter. The important thing is, history happens around us and through us every single day, whether we're famous or not.

So, on this historic Superbowl Sunday, take a minute to think... What will history remember about you? And is it what you would want to be remembered for?

If not... the next page in your life is blank. Start rewriting yourself now!

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Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Kristen,

This is such a fun post!  Love the topic and the illustrations are just great.  In my previous life I was an archivist so the stories people leave behind are some of my favorite things. I worry that in the digital age we *won't* be leaving a permanent record behind though I'll have to mull over how blogging fits into the picture.  Thanks for so much food for thought.


Feb 01, 2009 02:35 PM #1
Kristen Wahl
Re/Max Plus - Rochester, NY

Liz, thanks for the great comment! I never thought about how the digital age would have changed how we archive our history, but that makes a lot of sense. I agree, I hope we don't forget to save things for future generations. I'm glad my post gave you something to think about!

Feb 01, 2009 03:28 PM #2
Rob and Camille Di Maio
San Antonio Real Estate - Keller Williams Legacy - San Antonio, TX

My history might not be anything that other people will write books about, but I have kept a journal for ten years in the hopes that my grandchildren will want to read it someday.  I wish my grandparents had left something like that.

Feb 04, 2009 09:39 AM #3
Kristen Wahl
Re/Max Plus - Rochester, NY

Rob/Camille, what a fantastic idea! I wish mine had done that, too. I'm sure your grandchildren will appreciate it someday.

Feb 04, 2009 10:00 AM #4
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