You know everyday more and more, I find myself thinking of one thing constantly. I don’t really know what brought it on, but I just can’t help but wonder, how will I be remembered? This one question haunts me like no other that has come before it, yet another question always seems to follow this one as if it were always there just waiting to be revealed, will I be remembered? I know this is very early in my life to think of this, and yet it haunts me to think about, because for the first time in a long time I really have no answer, or even some semblance of somewhere to start answering. To answer this questions I would normally say I’d be remembered as the nice guy, but then the answer does not fill the void which the question holds, because this question concerns not only high school, but the entirety of life itself. In thinking of this question I’ve come to realize in all people the thought of being remembered is never truly considered, for some the only legacy they leave is that of children. Upon that realization I made another, fear grips our society, everyone wants to fit in, after all then life is easier. Yet by becoming part of the masses a person loses some of their individuality, thereby lessening the chance of being remembered, purely because they are slowly becoming one with the crowd, and who is going to remember someone that there are hundreds of copies of that walk by different names. I don’t understand the fear of standing out of the crowd, only that by fitting in a person no longer fears loneliness or being the odd one out. Yes I admit I am guilty of this fitting in nonsense, but then what is the point, in the end you are just joining a crowd of faceless individuals, people remember not the names of each person, but the crowd in which they belonged. So instead of becoming that faceless individual why not stand out, build something that no one considered, become the movement that never existed previously, change the world in a way that betters maybe one person, or even change the world in a way that would better humanity itself. For some reason however only a handful of these people exist in history and even less now than previously. Martin Luther King Jr. for instance had a dream and he was more than willing to stand alone to fulfill that dream, or even Gandhi whom created a new type of change, that of nonviolence and love. We here of these people all the time in school, and yet how many truly wish to follow there example? How many people on this earth do you hear about that want to be like Gandhi? How many children do you hear from that want to grow up and be like Doctor King? How many children do you hear these day that want to grow up and change the world, protect the innocent, feed the hungered, cure the dying, love the unloved, protect the ones without rights, shelter those without anything or anyone? After considering all of this, no matter how unlikely it is, I want to be remembered like Gandhi, like Doctor King, I want to be remembered as the person who fought not because he had no cause, but because he fought for love, freedom, truth, the betterment of all people. I want to be remembered as the one who would not be silenced by the many. I want to be remembered as the one who fought endlessly for others until they were given the same liberties and better than my own. I want to be remembered as one who helped love flourish once again in society. That is how I want to be remembered. How do you want to be remembered?

Author: Dustin

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