The Doors have gone down in history as one of the most influential rock bands ever. Ray Manzarek, one of the band’s founders, died recently at the age of 74, and his death sheds some light on legacy planning.
You can leave behind a financial legacy to your loved ones by providing them with monetary resources. However, your legacy can extend into other areas.
In the case of Ray Manzarek we see an amazing musical legacy. His music is an eloquent statement of his life”s purpose.
People who are in certain fields of endeavor naturally leave behind tangible creations that endure over the generations. However, even if you have never created music, painted a painting, or built a bridge you can keep your persona alive by writing your memoirs.
The experiences that you have had throughout your life are going to be very interesting to your family members. And in fact, they could eventually be read by ancestors who have not yet been born.
When you have lived through times that others have not experienced you are doing younger people a great service by sharing your firsthand accounts and your unique perspective on these events.
In fact, we know Ray Manzarek as a musician first and foremost, but he actually wrote a book on his experiences in The Doors called Light My Fire.
If you follow suit and make your memoirs a part of your legacy your formative experiences will live on, and those that take the time to read your words will reap the rewards.