I don't usually write about much personal stuff on this blog but today is an exception.
Today is a sad day indeed that Beloved Nelson Mandela has passed. I lovingly call him Tata or Madiba (father and grandfather) as I do believe he was that to the people and the nation of South Africa. I grew up there and he was always at the back of our minds as a symbol of hope and liberation. We did not see him, or a picture of him till he was about to be released in late 1989. It was a complete shock to us all from seeing photos of him when young to 30 years later - he was barely recognisable.
The day dawned of his release. It was also a very special occasion in my family as my oldest brother was getting married. What a day to chose for a wedding! What a day to chose be free! Of course it was wonderful in all respects but we couldnt take our minds off what kind of change this would bring to our country.
We never really were there though to experience Madiba's greatness. We all left soon after but in 1993, the election took place whereby everybody could vote. We watched from afar as streams of people, old, young, black and white, waited for hours and hours to cast their choice. some for the very first time. A new nation was born and Mandela was at the helm. Hard to believe that one person could achieve so much. He brought the country together when it seemed so divided. He created unity, love and respect and a healing path to forgiveness.
"As I walked out the door toward my freedom, I knew that if I did not leave all the anger, hatred and bitterness behind that I would still be in prison." - Nelson Mandela
He said some truly remarkable things and I have used his great words many times.
Thank you Madiba for giving us so much while you were here and leaving us to much to contemplate now that you're gone.
We'll miss you.
ps. i did this collage of Tata ages ago and the picture on the right is my mum with him on a plane to South Africa where he shook everybody's hands up and down the plane. Huge hands and a huge heart!
I made an ecojot gift guide for you! Perfect for stocking stuffers and Gifts. Check out our online shop here and be sure to place orders up to December 11th, to ensure holiday delivery. :)
1. "Joyeaux Noel" Boxed Notes Set
9. "Laughter is the Sun..." Victor Hugo Wall Print
10. "Horns Rosewood" Weekly Planner
I once again had the joy of designing 3 New special Edition packages for one of my favourite Organic Candy Companies - Ekorrens Ekologiska. These were designed specifically to go into big food chains within Sweden. They are now available in two of the biggest - COOP and HEMKÖP, with hundreds of other shops and supermarkets signing up. Very exciting for such a wonderful and delicious product! Can't wait to do more.
Movember time again! Getting into the spirit of things and reminding ourselves of all the important men in our lives and men's health awareness. For more info on spreading the word check out this cool site.
Happy Movember to you all :)