The sad news was broken this morning (last night for much of the world) that Nelson Mandela had passed at the age of 95. He was born in 1918 and lived an extraordinary life, changing history and our world, dying peacefully in this year 2013.
This is a short blog to commemorate his amazing life. He stood for so much of what I feel so, SO strongly about. He was a man. A man who wanted to bring freedom to a suffering people, and wanted to do it without violence. But violence itself changed that. When he was trialed for a possible death sentence and then sentenced, instead to life in prison. While he was in prison they prevented his image being shown or name being mentioned, and locked down his communication – he was allowed one letter a year and one visit a year also.
I can still remember the day he was set free. I can remember the way it shook the world. I didn’t know who this man was. But I was quickly to learn.
I decided to write this blog this morning and am aware a few have done the same now, but I want to still glorify this man and celebrate his life. He had to leave this world eventually, he could only be on loan to us for so long, and just thank god that he was able to make his mark and influence us all over so many years. How lucky we are that this man walked the earth and spread his message… let us carry it forward to our children and our children’s children forevermore.
RIP Nelson Mandela – forever in our hearts and minds, now in a better place but having left this world in a better state, thanks to his great vision and strength.