Maya Angelou once poignantly said: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Sometimes in our young lives tragedy and death occurs. If you are a regular kid it may be your experience when a pet or grandparent passes. As Military kids we are exposed to much more at a really young age. I remember my brother calling my Mom from Afghanistan to say his really good friend might not Make it. We started praying ! Prayer is very important in our house. We know that when we pass we will be with our father and life will be amazing. However ,we know there will be lots of people left here. Charlie’s friend ended up being good ! He didn’t die and didn’t lose his leg . Fast forward to end of the deployment . We got another call! This time his really good friend had been killed. We prayed for his Mom and family. It made me think that really your life isn’t about how you live and die . It is truly about the legacy you can leave behind.
Now ,I know so many of you are kids like me ! Your thinking I am just a kid what legacy can I leave the world? What changes can I make at this age? Well , let me tell you you can make huge changes and leave an amazing legacy. You need to find out what you are passionate about ! Whether it be bringing your old Toys and clothes to kids that need them or Bringing food to the homeless. Even if it is starting a blog about Legos , it will leave a legacy for someone. Now , I am writing this because Zachary Parsons was killed in a tragic accident. He was the OH MCOY for 2015. He was a kid and did amazing things to help His community .He was an advocate for Military Kids , like us.
He had no idea his time was going to be short ! He did feel compelled to leave a legacy. OH put a quote on there page and it is perfect “it’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would be if never would have shown!” He didn’t know he was going to pass. He just lived a life to fulfill he own Legacy!
I want everyone reading this to do 2 things !
Tell your family you love them!
Find and do something that will let the world know how important it people were to you .