“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
There are times when words just seem so completely inadequate. During these times, maybe silence is the best way to communicate the utter devastation and sadness that we feel. We’ve lost a man who was a father to our nation and a Tata to us all. A man who’s legacy will never die. A man who preached a message of love and taught us that the life of a leader is one of service and humility. And he had the most beautiful smile. And no one will ever be able to do the Madiba shuffle the way he could.
As messages pour in from across the world, it is astonishing how much love one man could inspire. It’s impossible not to shed a tear as we read the way that our Tata changed each of our lives – giving us the capacity to dream big and to be brave. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, we will never forget you. We promise to love each other, to be valiant and to strive towards the vision and principles that you fought so courageously for. You changed our world and, without you, there is a massive chasm in each of our hearts and in our nation as a whole. Rest in peace Tata; we hope that we can make you proud. Your words and actions will always resonate with us, and will continue to inspire us, our children and our children’s children.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.”
“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.”
Madiba loved children. He dedicated his life to making their lives better. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital are two ways in which he did this and are both wonderful causes to contribute towards.
‘When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.’
Goodnight darling Tata, sweet dreams.
Cartoon by Zapiro