What will you be remembered for in 2015?

It’s the start of a new year and everyone is thinking about new beginnings. What goals are we going to set for the next twelve months, what do we want to accomplish within the year?

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However, I spent New Years Eve at a funeral and so my interpretation of how I should start the year has turned on it’s head. Instead of considering a fresh start, I want to think about where we end up.

If this were your last year, how would you choose to spend it? What would you invest your time in? How would you want to be remembered once the year was up?

Would you want to start writing a new novel, when you had a half-finished one on file? Would you schedule that over-due coffee with an old friend you haven’t talked with in a while? How would you choose to spend your time if you knew that it was limited to this one year?

If, in answering these questions, your priorities have suddenly changed from those goals you had already set – then maybe it’s time to take another look. Whilst standing at the funeral (because every seat was taken, with twice as many standing) I selfishly thought: would I be remembered as well as this person? I didn’t know the deceased well – she was an auntie on my partner’s side – but hearing the moving eulogy that her daughter gave and learning more about her throughout the service I realised I’d missed my chance at knowing a remarkable woman. I also realised that I’d spent the last year of my life focused purely on what I wanted, rather than how I’d want to be remembered.

Remembrance is a key theme in a lot of my writing. I had thought it was loss – as these two things can often go hand in hand. But, in revising my first novel I’ve noticed that I’m so intrigued by the topic of loss because it is so related to how we are remembered. And I want to be remembered. It’s part of why I want to write.

So this year, instead of giving myself a list of things I want to achieve by the end of December 2015 I intend to write a personal manifesto that will emphasise the impact I hope to have on the year instead. At the end of 2015 I hope that somewhere out there in the world there will be another person who believes in my writing the way I do (aka: find an agent); I hope that people will be grateful for my contributions and find my input valuable (which might read as continue volunteering for Huddersfield Literature Festival); I hope that I can be described as a compassionate, loving individual who supported others (otherwise known to be a good friend and celebrate other writers’ good work).

This doesn’t, of course, preclude me from making that list of 2015 Resolutions and Goals for the year. But it does mean that I will understand how they contribute to the bigger picture of my life and how important they are on the sliding scale that is the life I lead. At the end of it all I just want to be remembered well – and, in all honesty, that’s more important to me than the number of books I read in a year.

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How do you want to be remembered in 2015?
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13 responses to “What will you be remembered for in 2015?

  1. Hi, just found your blog via Twitter 🙂

    I love this idea – I’m definitely guilty of basing goals on achievements only, but this is a really interesting concept. It’s given me food for thought actually – my word for 2015 is ‘authentic’ so I guess I want to be remembered AS authentic as well BE authentic, if you know what I mean?! I hadn’t thought of it like that though.

    Anyway, great post, and sorry that 2014 ended so sadly for you 😦

    Hope you have a great 2015! x

    • Thanks for clicking through from Twitter, and for staying long enough to read and comment on this post. 🙂
      I love your word for 2015 – and I’m glad the post has given you a new take on it too. Good luck with this for the year, let’s hope it’s a great one for all.
      Take Care, Cat

  2. Bless you 🙂 This is a lovely post, Cat and I can truthfully say that your input has been invaluable to me and I know you to be a very good friend, even though we have never met. Thank you for all that you have done for me in the last couple of years; I hope that this year, I will be able to do the same for you xx

    • Thanks Julie. I feel the same – we’ve done a lot of learning together and I’m really looking forward to supporting your book release later this year. 🙂 You’ve already helped me lots, and I value your input so I’m pleased that we can beta for one another. 2015 here we come!

    • I like these. I don’t think I could ever be considered wild…Well, perhaps once, when I was younger! Brave, maybe, but definitely not as brave as I’d like! Good choice, hope that you stay true to these.

    • Glad that you find it inspiring Sue! I’d quite like to be remembered for helping others, it’s a noble ambition I think and I suspect that those who would like to be remembered as such are often already taking steps to help others but only recognise it when those they help point it out (and sometimes, even not then!).

    • They don’t have to be your children for you to leave a message: perhaps you could craft a message for a whole generation to be remembered? You certainly have an admirable ethos there. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

  3. This is an inspirational post and will definitely get people thinking. My goals for this year is to completely finish my manuscript so I can start querying it by the end of the year. Also, find an agent for my other books. I have a lot of stories to share with the world and that’s something I want to be remembered as… a great story teller with a wild imagination.

    I’m sorry for your loss and that you had to start the new year on a sad note. However, let’s hope that doesn’t mark 2015. It’ll be a great one.

    • That’s just why I want to write and share my stories with the world: to be remembered. Such a simple idea, but so ambitious at the same time!

      I am hoping that 2015 turns out to be a great year. 2014 did have a sad end, but it helps to be able to categorise away as ‘last year’ and start moving on. Sometimes a loss can make us see things differently – it certainly has for me this time around.

      Thanks for sharing your goals: I’ll try and keep an eye on you to encourage you along and make sure you’re working toward being well remembered. 🙂

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