What do you want your legacy to be?
I simply want my legacy to be that I loved others well. Maybe you want your legacy to be that you were good at something or that you always made people laugh. It's different for anyone, but everyone wants something positive to come to people's mind when someone says his or her name. But in order for our "dream legacy" to become reality, we have to live it every minute of every day- and that's where it becomes difficult.
For the past two years, I have served as a drum major for the Cougar Band. You learn a lot by standing up on the podium and leading 300 dedicated members, but the biggest lesson I've learned is how strong of an influence every single person has- whether they're a leader, follower, or bystander. However, it's easy to lose sight of that and go around with the mindset that nobody will care about what we do. Nothing about that is true. If you're a leader, people recognize that and watch to see what kind of movement you may be starting. If you're a follower, who or what you choose to follow speaks volumes. Following is even its own form of leadership because you're making it more socially acceptable for other followers to join in on what you're doing. Someone is always watching to see what you're doing, and you may not even know who they are. Every tweet you post, word you say, and action you take says at least one thing about you and somehow contributes to what your legacy is.
I want to challenge you to think about a statement that has changed how I live: the average person influences at least 10,000 people in their lifetime. Now this may sound silly, but notice how this is just talking about the average person- someone who just lives life doing nothing too special. If there's one thing I know, it's that students at Cinco Ranch High School are going to go out and do above average things, and some have even gotten a head start. We have future doctors, lawyers, educators, engineers, cancer curers, and many more walking through the halls every day. So if the average person influences 10,000 people, imagine how much that multiplies when someone goes off to do great things. Imagine how much that multiplies when someone even does the small things, like smiling at a stranger or telling someone that you hope they'll have a good day.
You will never know the full extent of your influence. Daring greatly is accepting that and never putting that influence to waste.
What will you do with your influence? What will your legacy truly be?
Daniela Ichter, Senior