Today at work, I was asked to give my "John Hancock" to a contract that needed to be sent out.
I couldn't help but wonder if John Hancock knew that would be a saying in this day and time. I'm sure it was something his friends maybe joked about, but apparently the joke caught on and it's something we still reference to this day when a signature is needed.
There are all kinds of people I doubt realized their impact and historical significance.
I wonder if Marilyn Monroe would be surprised that she still graces covers and centerfolds, not to mention inspires countless photo shoots?
Would Beethoven be shocked that his "Fifth Symphony" is still one of the most popular wedding songs played to this day?
Would Vincent Van Gough be pleasantly surprised to know his painting "The Starry Night" is most often found in college dorm rooms?
Would Amelia Earhart be stunned that we still wonder what happened to her?
Did Martin Luther King, Jr. know his efforts would help lead to a Black History Month almost a decade after his death?
How would Einstein react to the fact we still base scientific experiments around his findings and have his theorems in our textbooks?
Would George Washington think it was funny that we still tell the cherry tree story?
Did the pilgrims figure we'd still celebrate Thanksgiving to this day?
Did Anne Frank think her diary would be published world-wide?
Did Alexander Graham Bell ever imagine the telephone would morph into a mobile entertainment system that fits in the palm of your hand?
When Judy Garland got the script for "The Wizard of Oz" do you think she realized it would become an iconic movie that spans generation after generation?
Did Babe Ruth know baseball fans a century later would still regard him as the best player of all time?
Did Abraham Lincoln know he'd end up on a $5 bill and carved into Mt. Rushmore?
Although most of them were sensations in their time on Earth, I doubt they ever imagined they would rise to the magnitude they have and help spark so many footsteps that followed. Some people died without ever seeing the reach of their success (Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Vincent Van Gough to name a few), and people they never met still credit them as their inspiration to this day.
You never know. That song you're working on, could be a holiday carol for years to come. That nickname you gave your brother, could be passed on for centuries. That story that sits unfinished in your desk, could very well be the next classic. A photographer might catch you in the right place at the right time and you be the next poster craze.
I guess it's a safe assumption to say dreams don't die just because you do.