"Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down"The sands of time is a literal way of referring to time, especially when you are talking about it passing very quickly. Writing your name or having your footprints on the sands of time literally means the same thing which is leaving a mark or making a history while you exists.
“Lives of great men all remind us.
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us.
Footprints on the sands of time”.
The quote and the phrase from a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow above implies that you can't leave your footprints by just sitting down. We can still call that buttprint though. So you've got to get your butt off from where you are sitting and start moving.
Before you can brag that you've written your name on the sands of time it means you must have become a person of substance or value so that even while you ain't on earth anymore generations to come will still know about you for who you were and what you did.
How do you write your name in name history? How do you make your name not to be wiped out of the surface of the earth even for years after you no longer exist?
By being great
William Shakespeare said "Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them." But I believe greatness isn't awarded rather it is earned. You are great by the things you do in your lifetime but it shouldn't end there, that greatness should also be written on the pages of history.
Zig Ziglar also said "You don't have to be great to start. But you have to start to be great".
Have a good name You do know the notion that a good name is better than riches and gold but unfortunately we live in a world where affluence and wealth is much more preferred to a good name no matter how it is gotten. You are remembered by what you've done, your imprints while on earth. Whether you are famous, rich or you're a leader, a good name is what you should leave behind cause even those who were known for outrageous acts will still be remembered and their names will always be associated with those actions.
Write a book I remember reading somewhere that if you wants to be remembered long after you've gone, you should write a book. Writers like Chinua Achebe, Buchi Emecheta, Ken San-wiwa, etc are still remembered today because of the great books they wrote and the impacts they made in the lives of those who read them and those who haven't at least still hears about them.
It shouldn't just be any kind of book but books that leave positive marks and imprints on the minds and the lives of those who read them. I'm sure you must have learned something today, so in everything you do in life from today, make sure your name will be written on the sands of time long after you leave this world by keeping a good legacy.
I am off to write my own book, you know my name got to be remembered too na not only your own. By the way if you like the way I temporarily wrote my name on the picture there you can do yours too here, you can start with that till you finally and permanently write the name well lol.
Alright have a lovely day!