Trevor Hayley


Funeral and Life Memorial Celebrant

A Caring Presence for you and your family so you can Celebrate a Life

Servicing Greater Adelaide, Fleurieu, South Coast and Adelaide Hills Regions of South Australia



‘I intend to live forever, so far, so good’

Legacy #6

The title of this blog, is a quote from American comedian, Stephen Wright.

According to Wikipedia, some brief facts about him:

  • Known for his distinctly lethargic voice, characterised by a slow and deadpan delivery.
  • His jokes are delivered with irony, laced with philisophy, one-liners and anti-humour
  • He was ranked as the 15th Greatest Comedian by Rolling Stone in its 2017 list of the 50 Greatest Stand-ups.
  • He has won an Academy Award for short film, ‘The Appointments of Dennis Jenkins,’ as actor, writer and producer.
  • Two time Primetime Emmy award winner of ‘Louie,’ a comedy drama series.
  • Also known for his supporting role as Leon in the Peabody Award-winning tragicomedy web series ‘Horace and Pete.’ 

I have included a YouTube link to Stephen in action  at the bottom of this blog. The thing I find engaging about the comedic genius, is his inate and unique ability to observe life, with its intracacies, quirks, highs and lows. Life is an adventure to be discovered and explored. Every day is an opportunity, which in Stephen’s case, is to add to unending list of observations that leave his audiences in fits of laughter.

The quote from today is a compelling observation on his view of life. Make the most of it while we can. 

And who says ‘forever’ needs to stop when life comes to a close. There can be an element of ‘forever’ in the legacy we leave.

I wonder how legacy is left?

If you look at the picture above, I wonder what the conversation is?

If either were to look back and remember this moment and wonder what that would be? Would it be the profound words, or would it be more the fact someone took the time out to be an just sit.

To be present in the moment.

I wonder how often we look back and see what it was about someone, that made them memorable?

Were the accolades maybe they received from achievements, which made people think, ‘wow, what an amazing life  they had,’ or is it more, ‘wow, they really gave me their time.’

Maybe leaving a legacy does not come from waking up one day and saying, ‘Ok, I am going to start leaving my legacy today. Stand up an take notice world!’

Maybe, without us even realising it, we have left a little bit of legacy today. A memorable moment for someone, who needed encouragement on their journey. Much like the moment in the picture above.

Then when you put all these small legacy moments together, they paint a picture of a life which left a legacy quite naturally. And it could be the legacy cannot really be put into words, but we have felt it deep within.

The comedic genius of Stephen Wright, is his observations of life, and how they make up the complexities of human life. 

Maybe legacy is achieved by running the race to the finish line, making the most positive difference we can, as we go.

Enjoy this clip from Stephen Wright

The commentary in this blog is intended to be general in nature. It is just some observations from one fellow traveller in life to another. If anything in this blog raises issues for you, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or consult with a trusted medical professional.  

Photo by Ray S on Unsplash


Trevor Hayley
Servicing Greater Adelaide and Regional South Australia

Phone: 0409 107 372


ABN 73 737 609 724

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