So, apparently, my friend Marsha has some kind of a muse deal going on. Here’s a muse definition I like:
• (muse) a woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.
Marsha is certainly a woman, though I’m not sure I’m quite a “creative artist.” Either way, she indirectly reminded me of a character called “Rosie the Riveter.”
“Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories during World War II,many of whom worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and war supplies. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who were in the military. The character is considered a feminist icon in the US.”
I know about Rosie, because I am a HUGE nerd at times and spent most of my childhood reading about WWII and building military models.
Here are a couple of the most well known images of the “Rosie” Character:
And, here is a REAL “Rosie the Riveter” building what looks like a bomber or fighter aircraft in the 1940’s:
And here is another:
And another (I know, technically, she’s welding…)
What’s YOUR Legacy as a Woman (or a Man)?
Gary Vaynerchuck says: “Legacy is greater than currency.” That’s kind of his thing and he likes to remind us that we’re living in an age with such incredible ability to create, store and share information, images and video, that our Great, Great Grandchildren are going to see EVERYTHING we’ve done. LIKE, ON AN INDIVIDUAL LEVEL. In other words, YOUR Great, Great Grandchildren are going to know what YOU did with YOUR life IN DETAIL.
So, the question you need to ask yourself is: What are they going to see when they look back at all the digital “stuff” that’s going to be your legacy?
It’d be pretty cool if they were seeing something like this:
BIG THANKS to Wild GorillaMan for the pics and the inspiration! (Don’t worry, bro, I won’t call you a muse…)
Besides pictures, what about words? Did you inspire? Did you lead? Did you challenge the status quo in whatever way it was that you were passionate about? Did you create something that was bigger than you as an individual to leave behind?
Back to the Future…
It’s 2010, the U.S. is at war, and there is a whole new generation of women and a whole new generation of IMAGES that will define this time in human history. What are the images YOU are going to leave behind?
And, since times change, let’s not forget that there are plenty of women on the front lines overseas, so images like these will be part of the legacy too:
The United States of America is the greatest nation on earth. I won’t get all ranty and passionate about that now because I already did that here.
What I WILL say is that we live in an incredible age of information and technology and we really should put some thought into the legacy we’re leaving behind for the generations to follow. We should also be very thankful that we have the FREEDOM to create that information…
A Little Off Topic, But…
I’m going quickly off topic here and I hope you’ll indulge me. I just CAN’T talk about WWII without thinking about my Grandfather, Stanley W. Aronson. We only lost him a few years ago and he is deeply missed. You can bet HE left one hell of a legacy behind…
This is “Stan” shortly after getting drafted into the Army during WWII:
We miss you, Stan!