What do I want to be remembered for is the topic today at postaday2011, and it’s a tough one. Because you’re either saying “I’m awesome at this” or “you should think I’m awesome at this.”
Why are people remembered? They either do great things, such as Don Bradman, or Phar Lap – who accomplished great things in their field during a dark time – or they are remembered “fondly” by their family and friends. But there’s a whole range of people out there who deserve better than being remembered “fondly” but who might not have accomplished the things that will grant them wider-ranging remembrance.
For example, one of my old priests, George Trippe, was incredibly influential on my faith in the short time he wast at St Anselm’s. Or my friend Max Pengelley, who despite being well into his 80’s and losing his eyesight, produces a letter on his computer that would rival the skills of many in their 20’s. Or my violin teacher for a period, Peter Tanfield, who has been a wonderful teacher across Australia and an incredible performer, but won’t get remembered in the same company as Heifetz, Oistrakh or Menuhin. These people all deserve to be remembered more than “fondly”
As for me, I don’t know what my future holds, or what I will be remembered for. But I guess if I can be remembered more than “fondly” then I’ve done well.