This weekend, Max and I had a tour of the Roberto Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh. It is only a mile from my apartment and I have always wanted to visit – not because I am a dedicated baseball fan (far from it, actually) but, because I love learning about world-class athletes and what they had to offer to their sport and to the communities around them. And, anything Pittsburgh is fascinating! Roberto Clemente will always be remembered in Pittsburgh and around the world as one of the best ball players of his time. His dedication to the sport and his humanitarian qualities made him so much more than an athlete. I am not going to share Clemente’s history but I do want to tell you about the motivation that I was able to pull from the museum and the stories that it held.
I saw this quote in the museum and it struck me as bold because it imposes a very serious question:
What do you want to be remembered by?
If you do something simply to do it, you will leave no legacy behind. We do not need to be professional athletes or philanthropists to make a difference in this world. We do need purpose, though. When you know what you want, the answer to this question will become easier to answer. What do you want to be remembered by? Is it your running? Your career? Your family values? Whatever it is, only you can create the answer. And then live it. To be motivated is to have purpose. And, to have a purpose is to know what you want your life to be about. The answer can change over time but only you can give the word meaning.