You won't be remembered.
And why this is a good thing.
If this puts an uncomfortable knot in your stomach, I get it. It's not exactly the most promising of sentences. But that doesn't change the truth of it.
Most U.S. presidents will barely be remembered a few generations from now. Today's Hollywood and Nashville stars will be sequestered to an archive of tomorrow's internet in no more than a half century. Most of us couldn't tell you more than 1 or 2 of the current Fortune 500's CEOs, much less CEOs of a time passed.
And while this may seem depressing, I challenge you to think of it as an opportunity.
This should be free-ing.
It means that whatever we're striving for is in vain when we look at the bigger picture. And this means we can pursue it without the stress and pressure of needing to succeed.
It means the challenges in life that seem insurmountable are just blips on an eternal radar.
It means the negativity that we give energy to is by every account meaningless in the long run.
This doesn't mean we shouldn't try. It means we should try without stressing about the result.
This doesn't mean we shouldn't love. It means we should love without over-indexing on the future.
This doesn't mean we shouldn't have ambition. It means we should detach from the outcome and enjoy the journey.
Life is increased by our ability to put the outcome in its proper context - none of it matters.
Try hard. Love people. Enjoy it as much as you can. And don't give power to a future that won't remember you.