When we die, we are gone. But the impact that we have had on the people around us, on our ecosystem, on the systems that we participate in, and on the structures that surround us, will live on. Anything that we have created, will live on.
The children we have nurtured, the art we have created, the discoveries we have made, the policies that we advocated for, the friends and family who have benefitted from our support or encouragement or inspiration, the communities that we contributed to, these things will survive us. As will the garbage that we created. It will all live on, and be our legacy.
For me, there is no better argument for living a positive, productive life.