As for me, I’ve learned what I want, and it’s not fame. I do have to keep constantly fresh in the lives and minds of my readers. It’s how I make my living. But I don’t want fame from it.
I can say with integrity that I want instead to be remembered by my friends and family as the person who showed up when it mattered most. I want to be remembered as the person who never felt himself better than they, better than he actually was, and who always looked for the true beauty in others while being very much okay with them for exactly who and what they were.
I want to be remembered by my son as the dad who was always there, the dad who truly cared for him, the dad who taught him how to work and learn, and the dad who supported him in every dream his young mind ever conjured, never stepping into a “let’s be realistic about your future” mode.
I want to be remembered by the person to whom I someday devote the rest of my life as the man who always put her first, never went too long without buying her flowers, genuinely cared about the little things in her life, and who was always faithful. Oh, and as the most amazing lay she ever had. That would be nice, too.
I’ve spent a few years now reading the daily feedback on my blog posts and comments over social media. There were single days when millions would visit my work, thousands would leave loving and wonderful comments, and still it would mean nothing to me because I would go to bed those nights and stare across at an empty pillow next to mine, wondering how it was that if so many people loved me, I was alone at the end of the day.
To love and be loved in return. Nothing is better than that. No amount of fame. No amount of popularity. No amount of money. This is what I now know. Whether it’s with your children, your partner, or your family and friends. Nothing is better than to love and be loved in return.
Dan Pearce, from my book: The All-Important, Well-Fed, Giant White Man
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