Are You A Legend?

Here is a Prezi I created for this writing —

In the 4th Century AD, Quintus Smyrnaeus, a Greek poet, wrote Iliad, a poem of the Trojan Wars. At the end of the epic poem of Iliad, a character named Odysseus states, “If they ever tell my story let them say that I walked with giants. Men rise and fall like the winter wheat, but these names will never die.” Keep this statement in mind during this presentation.

Who am I? I am a proud homosapien, that is a: Achiever; Creative; Engaged; Progressive; Team-player. My name, well I go by many, but more popular, Jeremia. I am a third-semester Medical Assistant student here at Brant & Stratton College.

My vision as a legend is two-fold: the first part is my purpose for being on this earth, that is to help others recognize, develop, and use their given intuitive abilities to ease suffering and grow in goodness, love, compassion, and wisdom. The second part is personal, and that is to find happiness, fulfillment, and value in living; to seek out and experience all of the pleasures and joys and sadness that life has to offer. The greatest joy of all is worthy of the respect and admiration of family, friends, and associates.

What is a legend? According to the Merriam-Webster College Dictionary, it is “a person who embodies the pinnacle of all the important social aspects. A person who can be funny and reckless, original and sensitive, in the right measures; and it is a person to whose persona one aspire to be” (2014).

What does it take to be a legend? What are the steps, or elements, of becoming a person, a legend, that embodies the above definition?

Step 1 – Make the Choice

It is not just a question of to be or not to be a legend. You already are, you need to just develop the legend within. Ask yourself what kind of a hero do you aspire to be? Of course, most think of a man in tight flying around and rescuing damsels in distress. That is a great fantasy, but let us focus on the realistic side of becoming someone that people will remember long after you are gone. Do you want to leave the world with a feeling that you have done great things? Would you want people to be influenced by your deeds? I assume the answer is yes because you are still sitting here listening to me ramble.

Let me introduce you to a folk legend that was based on a real person. This person embodies the “influenced by your deeds.” His name is Robin Hood. In 1378, Visio Willelmi de Piers Plowman (William’s Vision of Piers Plowman) written by William Langland was a Middle English allegorical narrative poem. It is written in unrhymed alliterative verse (repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables of a phrase) divided into sections called “passus” (Latin for “step”). Visio Willelmi is considered by many critics to be one of the greatest works of English literature of the Middle Ages. In the poem, Robin Hood is depicted as Lord of Locksley, a master at the bow. He is a bit rash, quick tempered and a bit cheeky, but always honorable, noble, gallant and brave. He was great at both planning and executing rescues, in which he charged his men to kill no one if it can be helped. Hood was touted as to have natural leading abilities that inspired those to fight for justice, for King Richard, and for England.

Joseph Hunter, a literary researcher, in 1852, researched the Robin Hood Legends and believes that the real Robin Hood was the Robin Hode of the Wakefield Rolls (1290-1347), a form of court documents. It states that he was a man of high intelligence and an outlaw not through theft but through his support for Thomas, Earl of Lancaster. Hode rebelled against King Edward 11 at the battle of Boroughbridge in 1323 by gathering of poverty stricken fellow men, he charged his men to kill no one if it can be helped. According to Joseph Hunter, Hode resembled Robin Hood through various other documents that state Hode had natural leading abilities that inspired those to fight for justice and a bit rash, quick tempered.

Robin Hode became a legend in the fictional character Robin Hood, and he made a difference to his community through his deeds.

Step 2 – Discover Yourself and Your Potential

You have to first discover the legend within your inner-self. Create a life timeline. Prepare a clean slate Start relying on yourself. Organize your world. Distinguish your thoughts from the thoughts of others.

Mary Antin (1881-1949), a Jewish-Russian immigrant, was a writer, a public speaker, and an immigration activist. In 1899, she wrote From Plotzk to Boston an intensely personal account of the immigration experience as it relates to a young Jewish girl. In 1912, she wrote The Promise Land, a landmark literary record of the “new immigration,” it tells the story of her early life and focuses on her attempts to assimilate into the culture of the United States.

In 1914, They Who Knock at Our Gates: A Complete Gospel of Immigration, which was about the immigration process and how to make it better.

Mary Antin was a legend in immigration reform; she made it easier for those who wanted the “American Dream,” through her writings and speeches by distinguishing her thoughts from others of that time.

 Step 3 – Define Legend with One Word?

To define a legend with one word, what would it be?

  • Freedom – from self-defamation; to express self; to do what it takes to become a legend;
  • Courage – strength in the face of pain or grief;
  • Strength – a person, perceived as a source of mental or emotional support or the emotional or mental qualities necessary in dealing with situations or events that are distressing or difficult;
  • Willpower – the ability to control oneself; a strong determination that allows you to do something difficult;
  • Wisdom – ability to discern inner qualities and relationships;
  • Good sense; Positive Attitude towards life and death; Passion; Simply speaking a Broader Mind; A Big Heart; A Bigger Mission

Step 4 – Legend First – Famous Second

Some famous people are not legends, BUT every legend is FAMOUS in their own right.  Make yourself a legend in your own eyes. Lift your courage, willpower, wisdom, passion, and attitude. Help yourself find the legend within.

Step 5 – A Legend to Yourself, Family, Friends, and Community

  • You need to start with yourself. See the legend within. Develop it.
  • Family, yes, your loved ones, those who care about you, those who know you.
  • Friends, those that you share joys and frustrations with.
  • By being a great spouse, by being a great parent, by being a great son.
  • By being attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard. By being a person who gives assistance; patron; and supporter.
  • Forget about the world.
  • Legend to family first, then friends, and then your community.
  • Be a legend so that your neighborhood will hold you in great esteem.
  • Community – those that make your neighborhood.
  • Volunteer, Get Involved, Support local leaders, Encourage Neighbors
  • Discover Self and Potential
  • Make a choice and stick with it.

Louis T. Wright (1891–1952), who made significant contributions to clinical research and surgery, fought for racial equality in the medical profession and health care. After graduating from Harvard Medical School in 1915, he returned to Atlanta to practice medicine and also worked as treasurer of the newly formed NAACP branch led by his friend Walter White. In 1921 Wright became the first black physician appointed to the staff of a New York municipal hospital, Harlem Hospital, where Wright served for more than thirty years. In 1928 he became New York’s first black police surgeon and a member of the NAACP board. He was elected the board’s first black chairman and the second black fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1934. Wright was awarded the Spingarn Medal in 1940.

A Silent Legend in LGBT Community

Upon losing a transgender friend on Sunday night, due to an aneurysm, I am redefining what a legend is. A true legend is someone that touches everyone with a smile and positive attitude. A true legend is always caring and willing to listen. Chelsea was a true sister, and I, no the LGTB community will miss her dearly!

Active with the Stonewall Demarcates and Fabulous Friends of Western NY. A jeweler and antique clock repairer, Chelsea was always involved in the community to make it a better place for Transgender and LGBT Community.

I never had the chance to truly tell her:

  • …just how beautiful of a person I thought you were…
  • …just how brave of a woman you are, and how much I admired you for that…
  • …how incredible your smile was…
  • …how comfortable you made me feel in some new experiences…
  • …how happy I was to have met you…

Rest in peace, Chelsea, you will be missed tremendously.

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