Life is so full of pass words and stored data these day, before you know it you have umpteen things to remember and chances are if like me you have passed half a century, pass words and technology doesn't come intuitively. I forget stuff, I forget a lot of stuff, and everything moves that darn fast that you can quickly find you have been "removed from the data base" because you stopped being as active as you once were. Life is that way too, we get removed from life's data base and become a poor summary of what we thought we were.
I attended a funeral yesterday. As I sat listening to the eulogy I kept thinking, "but where is she in this?" because the eulogy was a life reduced to a series of events and there was little sense left of the departed. it made me ask myself how I might be remembered when I am removed from the data base, will I be a vaguely familiar password phrase that no one can quite recall accurately enough to have a real sense of me?
Will I be remembered for the things I did or the things I made, or the daft stuff I said? I hope I am remembered for making my beautiful children, for making folk laugh? although to be honest I know only to well that I make some people angry :( will my entire life be misread?
Its a sobering thought that we see the world as we are, rather than as it is, even more so when others see us in very different ways to how we see ourselves. When the young man from Environmental health came to inspect the cattery we were chatting about cats and I happened to say I tend to know people by their cats, which cat do they belong to? He suggested that I was probably known as the cat lady by now. So maybe cats and quilts and spinning and children and beautiful grand-children is not too bad a way to be remembered even if I still hanker to be remembered for making you laugh.
"Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
"Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it." Mother Teresa