We’re looking forward to reading your interpretations of what it means to leave your mark, and honor those before you.
A synchronicity of an assignment! I will leave my mark by honoring those who came before me! My “thing” for the past 43 years has been collecting dead relatives (i.e. genealogy & family history). I was fortunate, in that I was bitten by the genealogy bug when I lived in New England and was surrounded by old cemeteries full of my dead relatives, so I was able to be successful from the start. I traced my lineage back many generations to Quebec, France, Ireland, Scotland, and England. The satisfaction for me is multi-fold:
- I learn about their lives; the more I learn the more they are real to me and I care about them–my ancestral family.
- I know more about me, or who I want to be–to have Grandma Ethel’s kindness and compassion; Nana Bea’s work ethic; Great-grandpa Thomas’s (pictured) sense of adventure and courage (He went to the Klondike in the 1890’s to stake a claim in the gold rush there.)
- The skills I’ve picked up over the years I can now use to assist others in finding their own roots, teaching them the tricks of the trade and enjoying their sense of discovery.
- I can preserve their stories and pass them on to the next generation, so their legacy continues, and is not lost to the decay of time and forgetting.
- When I see them again, we will know each other and embrace as dear family.