How I wish to be remembered
One of my favorite songs is Beyoncé's 'I Was Here.' The words to this song are so divine, and it says everything about how I try to live out my life. Growing up, I was taught to serve others and give selflessly. Watching my parents give so generously influenced me profoundly. As an adult, I strive to be a generous giver and teach my son as well as my mentees the importance of giving back.
A few years ago, one of my mentors encouraged me to do an unusual, unnerving, yet enlightening exercise. It consisted of writing a eulogy... for myself. Sound disturbing? It is, but it forces you to think about what you want to accomplish and what you want people to say about you when you're gone. I hope to achieve a great deal and be remembered as someone who truly lived a life of service!
I have not completed the exercise fully, and there is so much more that I would want to be said especially if I lived to be 100 , but my scroll of life would contain the following:
On September 17, 1982 in College Park, Georgia, a beautiful baby destined for greatness, was born to Thomas and Jo Ann. At the age of two, she could put together jigsaw puzzles with the picture side facing downward. She accomplished anything she set her mind to. After graduating from Riverwood High School in 2000, she enrolled in Tuskegee University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's in Sales and Marketing in 2004. She obtained a Master's of Professional Accountancy from Georgia State University, earning a 4.17 GPA in 2012. She received her license to practice as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 2014.
She worked several years in the corporate arena before launching her private CPA practice providing tax and accounting services. A lifelong learner, she had a thirst for knowledge and believed in the power of education. She was devoted to her clients and her community. She was a gifted musician and enjoyed traveling all over the world.
Milah treasured her family. Throughout the years, she formed long-lasting friendships with friends whom she loved dearly. She was an advocate for youth and the underprivileged. In 2007, Milah and her mother founded One Talent, Inc., a youth development and mentoring program which has provided services for hundreds of thousands of girls all over the world. As an activist, she challenged unfair laws and supported the advancement of people of color. She became a successful, well-known writer authoring several best-selling books, songs, stage plays and screenplays. She used her platform to empower others and promote positive change around the world.
Milah gave everyone such courage and hope. She led by example; demonstrating love, compassion and generosity. She reminds us to never give up despite the adverse circumstances in life.
She was here…
In December 2082, Milah was called home by her Heavenly Father to enjoy eternal life filled with peace. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Milah had touched in some small way throughout her memorable life. She leaves to cherish her memory and never-ending love, her children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins, mentees, extended family, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to One Talent, Inc.
"IF YOU'RE GOING TO LIVE, LEAVE A LEGACY. MAKE A MARK ON THE WORLD THAT CAN'T BE ERASED." Maya Angelou