Sometimes I worry about what kind of legacy I’m leaving behind. In the original series of Star Trek we met Zefram Cochrane who created the first human Warp Drive and later had a romance with an energy creature. In The Next Generation as you listen to the dialog in engineering you hear Cochrane mixed in from time to time because they’ve named warp engine things after him. His warp jump was so important that his name is remembered for hundreds of years.
I’m not smart enough to invent a Faster Than Light engine and I’m not brave enough to pilot it if I did. So what options does that leave me for a legacy? How will future generations remember me?
This blog will disappear as soon as I stop paying the bill. There are sites trying to archive everything on the internet so maybe it’ll be preserved that way. But if it’s just mixed in with the entire rest of the internet will anybody even care? This blog, whether live or archived, has to compete with videos of kittens. I can’t compete with kitten videos, nobody could.
My body is doomed to turn to dust eventually. I might convince my heirs to mummify me but then I might come back to life one day and start eating people. That would be a memorable legacy but it’s not what I’m going for. I want to be remembered fondly, not as a supernatural monster. Although, let’s call Supernatural Monster Plan B.
Some athletes are remembered long after they’re dead. Maybe my legacy could be some great achievement in sportsballing? I’m not sure what sport is popular enough to create a legacy and also easy enough for an out of shape nerd to begin playing at almost forty. Maybe an e-sport? Probably not though, League of Legends is a young persons game.
Maybe Hearthstone, that’s a game a person with my fading reflexes could still excel at. But even if I worked ten hours a day for the next five years and managed to win a Hearthstone tournament at Blizzcon … are people going to be naming things after me hundreds of years later? I doubt it. Maybe if I became the most famous of Hearthstone players they might make a card named after me. But even that would be forgotten a year later, I don’t really think anybody plays Wild.
I could write a great novel. People still read novels from centuries ago. Although if you’re reading this blog you know how good of a writer I am. I should probably keep thinking.
Maybe my legacy will just be how I lived my life and what impact I had on friends, family, and others. Maybe by being kind to other people that will cause them to be kind as well, passing on and amplifying my original act of kindness. And if those kind actions are also passed on and those are passed on too and so on and so forth forever then I could be the beginning in a chain reaction of happiness and joy and kindness that will continue to spread across humanity for all time.
But I was hoping for something that would make people remember my name so …. maybe I’ll revisit that mummy thing.