Nelson Mandela, Madiba, Tata, President, Father of the Nation, Gift to the World, The Peoples Choice. Whatever you may have known him as, you know of the legacy he left behind. You know of the great he did, the strength he had, the love in his smile, and the purity of his heart. Tata was not just a man, he was a real life David. He fought giants bigger than we could ever imagine, with nothing in his heart but hope and determination. He had the power to change the world and he did just that.
He spent exactly 26 years, 8 months, and 8 days in jail, one visit a year for 30 minutes, one letter every 6 months, dealing with poor conditions and treatment, and still continued the fight when he was released. He had so much go wrong but it never broke his spirit. Tata was a rare man, a site that we almost never get to see these days.
I’d never met him before but my whole life his life has had an impact on me, the way I see the world, and how I want to change it. It hurts my heart that he has passed before I got a chance to sit before him and know the amazing man that so many good stories circulate about, but I am more pleased that he is now amongst his own kind, the angels. Long Live Madiba
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