Run the Race of Life
There are probably people in your life that you look up to. Maybe it's your mom or your dad or maybe it's not. Maybe it is a teacher you had. Maybe it's a preacher you knew when you were growing up. But there are people in your life that represent to you who you want to be and who you are trying to become. Now these older mentors in your life will eventually reach their finish line. These people will have to hand off all that they have tried to do. There are roles that they filled that will be left open and shoes that will need to be filled after they are gone.
Imagine life is like a relay race. When the mentors that you have ahead of you reach the end of their race they will be handing the baton to you. Will you be ready for it? Will you know what to do when you get it? Will you give up? When people leave us and hand over that baton then we all have a choice. There is a big decision to be made. We can allow that race that the people before us ran to be in vain. We can take everything that they sacrificed, all the work that they did, every extra mile they ran in their lives and make it meaningless. The way we do that is we don't carry what they were carrying. We forget their message. We ignore their memory and what they cared about. The other option is to grab that baton and start running. The run will be hard sometimes. It will go through long stretches that feel like they are all uphill, but if we choose to run then we are picking up where our people before us left off. We are saving their progress and giving meaning to everything they did by continuing what they started and who they were for the people in their lives. We are actively accomplishing their goal using the momentum that they created and allowing their memory to live on through who we are becoming. But we have got to run and put in all of the work.
Here is the thing, you have the chance to give the next person the lead on life when it is your turn to pass the baton back. My mom gave all of her sons the lead on life when she passed. She worked so hard every single day. She ran so fast, cared so deeply, and loved so much that by the time we got the baton we were miles ahead. Don't allow the people who look up to you to be behind. Think about the legacy of who came before you and also think about the legacy that you leave behind after you reach your own finish line. What kind of legacy are you going to leave?
It all starts with you.