Everything we do in our everyday life has some sort of risk associated with it. Whether it’s walking to class in the middle of the day or cage diving with great white sharks, every action has a risk. Dr. Zikmund-Fisher brought this to our attention. Now both of these actions are decisions. In class, Dr. Zikmund-Fisher lectured us on decision making decisions regarding ones health. My favorite example used in class was the debate on whether or not we should make vaccines mandatory. On one hand personal autonomy is important. We should have the liberty to do whatever we want as long as it does not involve harming others especially when there is a small risk; however, there is also the argument that not being vaccinated will not only harm you, but everyone else around you. Are the risks worth the benefits? Is minimizing the risk of disease worth the minimal risk of having some sort of negative repercussion from the vaccine itself? What do you think? Should personal autonomy or the benefits of vaccines be the norm in medicine?
Death is inevitable, so after we’re gone what is left? Our legacy. If I were to be gone tomorrow I wouldn’t necessarily want to be remembered by everyone like Micheal Jackson or Elvis Presley. I would want to be remembered by a select few people who really knew and loved me. I would want to be remembered for how hard I tried to include/be kind to everyone, even though I failed at times. I would want to be remembered for my ability to walk into a room and make friends, my skills as a leader, and my happy personality. However, it is not just the typical things I want to be remembered for. I’d also like to be remembered for my quirks. The things that one would only know if they knew me very well, for example, my LOVE of cats, the fact that I have over 120 tubes of lipstick, and that if I could dress like I was from the 1920’s through 1950’s everyday, I would. If I am fortunate enough to grow old I would also like to be remembered for the positive things I accomplished throughout my career. The things I did to improve the lives of others. As someone who is considering pursuing a career social work this could very well be a reality. Being remembered for the life I lived as well as the lives I touch is what I hope to be remembered for after I die.
What legacy do you hope to leave behind? Why?
Do you hope to be remembered by many as the rich and famous are, or a select few? Why or why not?
Is there anything very specific you hope to be remembered for? If so what is it? Why?
Is there anything you would want only your family to know after you die?
How does your legacy differ from the one I hope to leave?