I'm not a selfless philanthropist building and donating and helping future generations.
I'll leave the world no volumes of profound literature.
No monuments will be erected in my honor.
But I have my legacy.
I am often a contrarian. I am blatantly opinionated. I feel no compulsion to suffer fools quietly. And I conduct myself thusly not because I want to stir the pot for the sake of reaction or attention, but because I just happen to be passionate about some things.
So maybe not in a grand fashion, but I am the sand that irritates the oyster. And the result has been the three pearls of my life: my children. (My wife, of course, is my diamond.)
Three more different beasties from common loins there might never be. They're brilliant, caring, willful, and astonishing, all in their own manner. I could not be more proud of who they are now. And I could not be more excited or hopeful for the incredible adults they will one day be. They energize me, fulfill me, and justify me. They fill my heart to the point of bursting my chest. They give me the best of all reasons to be a good man.
So when at last I've shuffled off this mortal coil, I will go with pride.
I have my legacy.