- 30 Nov 2021
- Jerra Mitchell
To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The purpose of life is to make a difference, be useful, honorable, and to be intentional about having a life well-lived."
As I reflect on this, THIS is what legacy is about. Sadly enough, most of society will make you believe that you ONLY need children to have a legacy. They're sadly mistaken. In this blog, I'll explain three ways to build legacy, which don't involve being someone's mother:
Make An Impact On Others - This could involve mentoring, or being the best aunt, Godmother, big sister, or stepmother to children close to you. Teach them important life skills, while also having fun with them. In many instances, childfree (and childless) women in these circumstances take on the role of a second mother. Embrace that and make the best of it! The child(ren) in your life won't ever forget the quality time you spend with them and the things you taught them. Who knows...they might pass down your lessons to their own children one day (if they choose to have them)!
Seize The Moment - Don't put off tomorrow what you could do today. As childfree women, we have a lot of freedom to do whatever we want to do - WHEN we want to do it! If it's been on your heart to travel across the country, move to a different state, or even eat exotic foods, then do it! UNAPOLOGETICALLY! When it's all said and done, people will remember your legacy as someone who was fearless, free-spirited, and fun at heart. Stop second-guessing things and live your life.
Be Your BEST, Authentic Self - It's time to take off the mask and stop "people pleasing." I used to be the person to smile nervously or change the subject when people would ask me about my childfree status, because I didn't want to "ruffle feathers." Now that I'm not ashamed to proclaim that I want to remain childfree, my spirit has literally been set free! Don't be like the old version of me - SPEAK UP, and do it often. Create a legacy that says you weren't afraid to go against society's standards and remain true to yourself.
~A great way to help with being yourself is to journal regularly. Unfertilized Eggs can help with that! Be sure to sign up to join the waitlist for the upcoming 90-Day Journal for Childfree Women here: www.unfertilizedeggs.com ~
Also, comment below and tell me, what are some other ways to build legacy as a childfree/childless woman?