Goodbye, Nelson (and other news)

Woke up this morning to learn that Nelson Mandela has passed away. He died in his home at the age of 95, after succumbing to a lung infection. I don’t like to write tributes to famous people and pretend like I knew the guy so well to pass judgement on the things he did or said. It just feels like I’m jumping in on the bandwagon, like how everyone who’d pretty much forgotten about Michael Jackson suddenly became his fan again after he passed away. But Nelson Mandela fought –¬†hard¬†– for peace and love and equality, and for that alone I think I should at least share something beautiful that he’d once said:

And my personal favourite:

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This can be applied to so many things in life and is thus such a powerful, empowering statement. Mandela embarked on a tumultuous journey to lead South Africa out of its apartheid shadow, and emerged victorious in the end. Despite his illness, I think leaving at 95 only means he’s led a deep and full life.

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In less somber (and more self-absorbed) news, this is what happened to me this morning on my way to work and at work (though not in that order). You know sometimes when you see a cute guy who sort of smiles at you that you’re supposed to go:

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But then what you end up doing is:

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And then afterward you’re all like:

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And:

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But then you walk on the street and a semi-cute guy goes:

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And you’re like:

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But then you trip on your foot and it’s like:

Please tell me I’m not alone in this.