Today, we will explore the journey of your legacy transition. But first, we have to understand the four quadrants of life: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and retirement – or what I like to call “my time.”
In childhood, we start to open up to and experience the world. We start to learn. We start to understand what’s right and what’s wrong, what family is, and what community is. Then we go to school and we start to understand that our community isn’t the only community.
Then we have our first Legacy Transition, when we transition from our innocent childhood world into our adolescence. Our bodies are changing, our thoughts are changing, and we start to look at the world differently. We begin to understand, in our own minds, what we hold true, and we formulate a lot of the opinions and behaviors that we will carry through to adulthood.
Our next Legacy Transition, from adolescence to adulthood, usually occurs when you go from formal education into the world of work. Within adulthood, quite a lot happens, and it starts to happen quite quickly. We are obliged to become more mature because there are people who are counting on us, whether that’s children, a spouse, colleagues, or parents. This is a very demanding time, and it’s taxing. You will probably be conflicted about how to spend your time – and you will become very aware of just how little time is actually available. But through experiencing difficulties and conflict comes positive change, and our true selves start to reveal themselves, as well as the kind of legacy that we want to create.
Finally, we transition from adulthood to retirement, or My Time. And this is when you’re really going to start looking at your legacy.
In this episode, you will learn: