Nelson Mandela has died. It was bound to happen; he is human after all. But that doesn’t make it any less surreal.
There are people in the world who have been lauded as being an example that it is possible to be the best of who humans could be – giving, willing to stand for his beliefs, sacrifice in the name of what is right, the ability forgive more than anyone else could bear to, and the strength to persevere. Mandela was one of those people.
I would have loved to have had dinner with him, met him, or stood in the same room as him. It will have to be enough that I have been alive in a time when his life and who he was could inform a little of the person I should strive to be. It will have to be enough that Nelson Mandela serves as a reminder that nothing is impossible – unless we let it be.