My life is my message, at least that is what Ghandi said. If this is true, then what message am I sending out? This is one of the questions that I picked up at the Thinking Digital 2016 Workshop I attended just before the main event got underway. The theme was ‘Be the hero in your own life’ and I have mentioned it in a previous blog.
I’m not sure if it is a trend but there seem to have been a few people dying recently who may be considered heroic. Heroes have a lasting influence beyond their own lifetime and so there is hope for us all. I can at least hope to be remembered by my own children. I can also hope to be remembered by the people around me over whom I have had some influence. But do I want to be anything more? Do I want to be a hero, even in my own lunchtime? I’m not sure. Perhaps I would just like to slip away, unnoticed.
I would like my tomb stone, if I have one, to say ‘He was a decent bloke’.
But that’s not the point. Being the hero of your own life is more about being the person you want to be, being a person that you can look up to and giving out the messages that are true to yourself. Everyone should have a different bench mark as to what this means.
Do we get such luxuries?
Perhaps not. So many people live a life of regret. They wish they had the courage to live a life true to themselves. They wish they hadn’t worked so hard. They wish they’d had the courage to express their feelings. They wish they’d stayed in touch with their friends and they wish they’d let themselves be happier.
Wow, so many life lessons.
Throughout Thinking Digital, I met so many fantastic people who were excited about what they were doing and seemed happy about the contribution they were making. I made some new acquaintances that will help me with what I am trying to achieve. That’s what I like most about the conference.
Thinking Digital is full of heroes.