Burden of Legacy Let me say at the very outset that here by legacy I mean the standards of values and success we inherit in legacy from our parents and not the property as inheritance. Some children are known by name of their parents and some parents are known by the name of the children. I am talking about living up to the standards set forth by parents and their expectations. There are cases where children excelled much higher than their parents as there are cases where they went astray. To be specific, I am talking about the high standards in terms of values of honesty and truthfulness and professional success set by parents and what they expect from their children. While it may be a privilege to be born to such parents, it may equally be a burden to live up to those standards, set forth by them. The parents may be highly regarded for their values of honesty, truthfulness and kindness. The parent may be a highly successful professional holding high positions in Governments or in businesses. He or she may be a Teacher, Jurist, Manager, Politician, Bureaucrat, Artist, Actor, Lawyer, Writer or for that matter anybody in any field of human activity. These children live in a very protected environment from the very beginning and yet at the same time under tremendous pressure to be like their parent if not better. Sons of MK Gandhi could not live up to the standards of the values of service, honesty and truthfulness set by him and always felt as crushed under his set principles. So, a jurist may expect his child to be a successful judge reaching the height of a Chief Justice of the top court, a writer expecting his child to be the highly acclaimed writer and the best selling one. An IAS officer expecting his child to be reaching to the position of the post of top bureaucrat. It goes on. But what the child feels or wants to be, do the parents know? Does the child has the guts to speak up? Answer in most cases may be No. The other day I met a teenaged girl whose both parents are very successful physicians and doing very well professionally and materialistically. I asked her does she also want to be a doctor? She replied in a very matter of fact way- I may try to be a doctor, if not a doctor for humans, at least a doctor for animals and if that also is not possible I can always own animal home for dogs or horses because I love animals. I am sure, her parents know that and will not force her to be what they want her to be.