Death always seems like the scariest thing ever; well it is because death is final. You can’t change it; you can’t run away from it, you cannot make it go away. It is what it is. At some point in our life, we will die because no one is immortal.
As the news of the former presidents’ condition continues to scare the nation, everyone wants to know what will happen after this, we are all so anxious. What will happen to South Africa? What will happen to the investors? Is it going to be a gloomy sad day? Well we all don’t know what will happen tomorrow, all we know is we will soldier on as a nation. We will be united in mourning, we will cry, we will be sad, a lot of people will feel as thou they have lost their beloved one, because that is what our former president was a beloved man, one whom we all grew to love, respect and follow, he inspired us, his thoughts and actions challenged us to change.
We loved him for all his self-less acts, for his humility, for his willingness to die for a nation so that we might be free, that we might all enjoy freedom equally. We loved so many things about Tata. He was courageous, he was brave, his acts of kindness will always be remembered and one could go on about all the good, the greatness that lies within him, that we got to see and witness as a nation.
But that is not the point; my point is Tata was very dear to so many South Africans and after Tata is gone he will still be in our hearts, we will tell stories about him to our kids, we will continuously remember him for all the good that he has done, thou people die their good deeds always remain. We will cherish him on Mandela day, as we give our time and talents to the needy in building this nation, we will indeed soldier on. We will sing songs in remembrance of him. We will remember him always because we love him and love is stronger than death.
His legacy will leave on, yes he might no longer be with us, but his deeds will never leave us, he might die physically but he will leave on, we will remember him always.
We will continue to fight for what is right, the political debates will go on, we will go on with our daily lives, we will continue with the complaining and the murmuring about the government. But for that moment our hearts will be broken, in mourning we will unite as a nation, we will mourn, we will comfort each other, we will embrace each other, but we will soldier on.
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