Isn't this what we all aim to create?

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

It took some time

To build that fort

You know

The red one

Protecting a nation

Safety first

Analogous to the walls

The walls we build

We build around

Around ourselves

How did they even live up there?

Away from reality?

Away from pain?

The wealth and riches

Of a nation


Stored away

For future lovers to explore

For future children to grow

Who was it walking through the courtyard?

What philosophical nonsense created such a gem

Created such a legacy

For isn’t that what we all strive for?

A legacy

To leave the world a better place?

Or simply to be remembered

A name uttered at the dinner table

A story written in a history book

A picture etched on a wall

But I’m sure

The king

And I’m sure

The prince

Did not aim to create a legacy


Living absolutely

In the present

Living absolutely

Like royalty

Of their time

For the desire to create a legacy is a distraction

The legacy itself is being created

By you

Through you

For you

So live like royalty

Of your time

And let the fort be built naturally

By you

Through you

For you

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...


Boundless Leadership: Why you should care about legacy now

by Zoe Routh

Mark Miller of The Legacy Lab: “Take leadership personally”

by Ben Ari

5 Questions To Ask Yourself Now About Legacy

by Randi Levin

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.


We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.