In the absence of Nelson Mandela yesterday afternoon, I thought it appropriate to collect my thoughts and opinions for the inspirational man and share them with you.
“In South Africa, they’re dancing. This is how you celebrate a great man.”
I know that heartbreaking stories are not hard to find these days and many of them often go unnoticed. Because of this, I know that some people might turn around and say “People die every day and no one their stories are untold – how does a celebrity status make you any more important?”. And to an extent, I agree. But I don’t think that Nelson Mandela was ‘just a celebrity’ or ‘just a politician’. He was an inspirational figure and one who will go down in history.
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
– Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela did not only stand up for himself or for the global black community but he pathed the way for the rest of the world to follow. It is a strong belief of mine that if it weren’t for him, the freedom we have and the confidence in which we act with would be far less. Mandela gave the masses the opportunity to have a better life – despite the colour of they’re skin. He did the impossible and by doing so, he showed the rest of the world that “impossible” was two letters too long.
I don’t know what I can say or post that can truly capture my thoughts on such a wonderful life lived.
To a true leader, rest in peace.