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I’m thrilled to join MassMutual in celebrating Black History Month by sharing my very own #JourneyOfYou story of how my family’s history led me to become the person I am today and empowered me to create a legacy for tomorrow.
My grandfather and grandmother had two daughters, my mother had two daughters, and I had two sons and a daughter. And while we’re not the largest branch on the family tree, we’ve always been closest.
Growing up, we’d visit my grandparent’s house every weekend. Our family vacations together, goes on regular outings together, and we genuinely enjoy spending time together – something that always seemed like the “normal” to me. But whenever I describe my family dynamic to others, they marvel at the fact that we share such a close family bond. I’ve been told it’s something to be envied because it’s not all that common.
Some of my most cherished memories are of my grandmother’s childhood stories. She would tell me about her eldest brother who served as a Tuskegee Airman. And she’d share how her parents met and what it was like growing up in the 30s/40s. I thoroughly enjoyed our chats – and appreciate having someone in my life that was able to pass along our rich family history.
What makes this so special is that this is the first time that there are four generations in my family. So not only have I been blessed with the gift of my grandparents, my children have been able to know their great-grandparents.
Celebrating a legacy of love
Whenever I think about my family I feel their love. That’s the one thing I’ve always been sure of. I know that my family loves me, and they know I love them right back. That type of love and support has given me the strength to survive, and thrive, in the face of adversity. To make more of my life than I ever thought possible. To turn negatives into positives. And to become someone that I’m proud of; knowing that my family is also so very proud of me.
As I reflect on my journey, I contemplate the legacy I’ll leave behind for my children. My family’s legacy is love. Unwavering, unconditional, undeniable love. This is what my children and their children, and their children’s children will always feel.
As you reflect on your own journey and the legacy you’ll leave behind for your children, MassMutual invites you to explore your heritage, discover your past, and plan for your future. Check out this video to learn more about what the #JourneyOfYou is all about.
Join me and MassMutual in celebrating Black History Month and learn more about Building a Financial Legacy for your family to protect their future. Follow along and share your own story in the comments below, or via social media at MassMutual on Facebook and MassMutual on Twitter using the hashtag #JourneyOfYou.
I want to hear from you!
How has your #JourneyOfYou shaped the person you are today and the legacy you’ll leave your children? Please share with me in the comments below.