Well, if you somehow missed the news of the death of Nelson Mandela last night, you must be reading this from another solar system. (And have tuned into my blog and somehow avoided all the news websites..)
There is nothing I can say that isn’t already being said by millions of commentators around this little globe that we call home, this little globe that is a significantly kinder and fairer place for the life of this man.
However there will always be irony in life, and today’s dose is that I am living in a country in which voters in at least one region voted a few months ago to enforce a semi-apartheid system in their area, unbelievable though that may seem in this decade.
Luckily, though, for the most part, we have learned and turned from the mistakes of the past, we may still have a way to go, but we have been set well and truly on the right tracks. Nelson Mandela does what we all (hopefully) aspire to do: he leaves this world a far better place than he found it. To die knowing that you hold the respect and love of almost every person on this planet is something that very few people have ever, or will ever be able to boast of.
There are a wealth of quotations from the great man out there, but I will finish with the one that motivates me the most.
“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.”
I hope to live my life no smaller than I am capable of.