I went to a lovely memorial service over the weekend. It was poignant and funny, with a lot of people telling interesting stories about the man who recently passed away.
When I’m at a memorial service, I start to wonder what people will remember about me when I’m gone. Will there be funny stories to tell? Will anyone feel sad that I’m gone? Whose lives have I touched?
How many people know us deeply? I’m venturing a guess that for most of us, it’s very few. Is it important to be known? What is our impact on the world? For those of us who are artists, will we be known primarily through our art when we’re gone? Is our art our legacy to the world?
I imagine my memorial service, if there is one, to be a quiet affair with just a handful of people gathered around an open fire at night in the woods. They will share stories about my obsession with art and wonder why it was so important to me. They will try to figure out what to do with the 5,000 works of art I have left behind. They will laugh about what they saw as my crazy beliefs, practices and behaviors. And inexplicably, hundreds of cats will emerge from the shadows of the forest to see me off, in recognition of my dedication to felines in this lifetime. I’m a magnet for cats in need.
How do you allow yourself to be known? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,
Painting at top: “Night Sky,” 24 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas