What will your personal legend be?
Walter was an interesting guy, I would call him my friend. The thing was, Walter married poorly. It was a young marriage and the advent of two children didn't smooth things over in the relationship. Divorce was taboo in that faith. His wife's unhappiness was abundantly evident to everybody in the community.
I imagine Walter lived a very lonely life, not only did she despise her husband, but she expected everyone else in the community to side with her. As a result of the marital unhappiness, most people found it very uncomfortable to be around the two of them.
As tragic as any Greek myth, Walter was diagnosed with fast acting cancer. The cancer was so advanced that he declined any kind of radiation treatment but he did accept morphine. It was soon over for Walter, the morphine at least kept him pain-free until the end. At Walter's funeral I was surprised at how many people had come to see their friend off.
We all had interesting stories about Walter. For example, one man came up to me and told the story of how Walter had helped him and his family.
The man and his family had recently invested heavily in a family farm and the last couple years there had been a drought. As a result of the drought, their family did not have the seed grain they needed in order to start a crop for the year. Without seed grain and no crop, it was just a matter of time before the bank foreclosed on all of their hopes and dreams.
The man and his family were surprised one early morning as they saw a truck and its lights driving up their lane. Walter pulled into the yard with the seed grain they needed to plant their crop. The man and his family were in tears as Walter unloaded the seed and said 'pay me back when you can.' It was probably $15,000 worth of grain that Walter donated to this family... And nobody knew that story before now.
When they asked me what my accomplishments were for the purpose of this website and blog, I immediately thought of Walter. A man's accomplishments are rarely evident or recognized during the course of his life.
Yes, I've been involved in many corporations, raised a lot of capital, invested that capital to return positive results to my shareholders; I've been active in technology advances, I've loved and lusted after earth science, raised a family, etc. etc. etc. However, what I accomplished will be a discussion for you and other friends when I'm gone.
And I think that's the way it is with most gentlemen, they are seldom eager to brag about the things that they've done. Anyhow, what's the point, those things are in the past, I live for the exciting opportunities that lie in the future.