Leaving a Legacy

legacy cartoon

Written by:  Doc Savarese                                       Drawing by:  Peter Copen

How do you want to remembered?  Chances are, living in Oakmont, you have grandchildren.  Recently, I began to think of the concept of legacy as I realized that I want to leave a lasting memory for those I love and those whose lives I’ve touched.  Most of us living in Oakmont have had distinguished careers which have touched many lives, however, I believe that the most fundamental purpose of leaving a legacy is within the family.  It’s important to be the best spouse/partner, parent and grandparent to family members by being as fully present as you can.  I particularly enjoy the moments I have with family on the pickleball court.  During these precious times, I try to model and share with them the kind of lives I would like them to live.  This includes such topics as good sportsmanship (my grandsons feel that they should win all of the time), positive attitude, practice (essential for improvement), patience, and most of all have fun.

Passions are essential in leaving a legacy.  While I have had a variety of passions throughout the various stages of my life, they always seem centered on bodily kinesthetic activities such as motorcycle racing, racquetball, bicycle racing, and playing a musical instrument.  Without passions, I can attest that life would not be any fun.  My current passion for pickleball intrigues me specifically in how it can change lives for the better.  We all know of people in our club who are down and out at times (myself included having lost our home in the Valley Fire), in deep depression, bad health and no social life.  It was pickleball to the rescue.  What wonderful lessons can be learned through this medium which has benefited many as they navigate through life.  I think my most desirable legacy I wish to leave is for our grandchildren to say, “What would Grandpa do when faced with challenging situations?”  As Sharon Adler eloquently states, “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones.  A legacy is etched into the minds of others in the stories that they share about you.”

Following are responses by OPC members who responded to the question,” How do you want to be remembered?”

Carol Palombino:  “Everyone needs to feel important and equal by being kind and a   good listener.”

Peter Schmidt:  “Remembered as a good husband, father, grandfather, friend and person.”

Mark Majkowski:  “No matter what, I’m always there for my loved ones.”

Peter Copen:  “By having lived, many more people will have the ability and willingness to make the world a better, kinder, place.”

Iris Harrell:  “Someone who left the world a better place by demonstrating love through action.”

Liz Majkowski:  “Payback to the community where I live by helping others jumpstart their life.”

Janet Felker:  “Love being with people by being kind, supportive and interested in their well-being.”

Pauly Uhr:  “Enjoy others by helping others to be the best they can be.”

How would you like to be remembered?  Happy New Year!

New Player Orientation:  Arrangements can be made by contacting Nancy Lande at:  978-2998 to schedule a session.  Demo loaner paddles are available by contacting:  Doc Savarese at 349-9065.

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