My childhood dreams resonated of the same commonalities shared by many of my friends. We all talked fancifully of being rich, having power, being famous and ultimately having the freedom to be able to do whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted. No limits.
Of course, as I got older and learned the ways of the world, I quickly discovered that it's very difficult to achieve all of the above. I also discovered that there are downsides in life to the possibilities of being rich, powerful or famous, and that in fact, reaching those conditions isn't necessarily something that I would want to have in life. One only needs to read entertainment magazines about the various problems and tragedies happening to the most wealthy, powerful and famous folks to gain some pause and wonder about what's so great about all of those things.
As it turns out for me, I apparently am in no danger of having to worry about material and social standing related problems. I am far from being rich, or powerful or famous. I'm just a guy trying to make it through life, be a good person and do right for the people around me.
Given my lack of material and societal resources, then, what will I have to show for this life of mine? For starters, I am a father to two wonderful children who are growing up (faster than I'd like) to become a young man and young lady. I will be (soon) a husband to a wonderful lady who has brightened my life and rekindled my faith in fairy tale love. I bring music to the masses in my own eclectic ways, particularly spreading the awareness and love of the bass saxophone wherever I can. I try to be the best person and best Christian I can, treating those around me the way I'd like to be treated. I willingly embrace all of the circles of wonderful people around me, from family to school friends, band and musical group friends, and others who I've come to know over the years and cherish. It is my hope that eventually when I leave this world that it's a little happier, a little more musical and a little more friendlier than before I came into it.
What are you going to leave behind in this world when you pass on? What will be your legacy?