The beautiful thing about being human is being able to turn an intangible idea into something that can occupy space and time for the duration of mankind’s existence. The works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Jimi Hendrix, Steven Spielberg, and millions of others surround us, taking up our land, hanging on our museum walls, and entertaining us for periods of time. Turning that intangible idea into something the rest of humanity recognizes for lifetimes after is a distinctly human trait. It is in each member of humanity, and implemented in various degrees by every man and woman on the face of the planet in the past, present, and future. It’s as simple as a crafted wood box, and as complex as a skyscraper. Our ideas become the signature of humanity, for good and bad, upon the planet. Our ideas influence, inspire, comfort, shelter and nourish others.
As members of the human race we each have a responsibility to bring as many of the thoughts and ideas that we become aware of as good and beneficial, to fruition. It is our individual responsibility to take the risks associated with bringing our ideas to the rest of the planet. It is how we grow, and leave our mark. Our tombstones may be cut in granite or non-existent, but just having one for a few people who were close to us to visit now and then is not what life is lived for.
So build, paint, draw, program, sing, write, dance, photograph, film – do all you can do and put it out there for the rest of us. Make your mark and give us all something to really remember you by.