“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
We are all guilty of saying too easily that something cannot be done. People are creative and imaginative, but many of us let the sense of (current) reality immediately take control of our dreams. History has proven over and over again that many things which were deemed impossible by contemporary standards are actually possible.
Although he did not really mean to discover the Americas, Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic Ocean westward against all odds. Only the Spanish monarchs believed he could do it and they were rewarded for their support with tons of gold and silver. The Wright brothers were, although subject to debate, the first men to fly. The general tenor back then was that flying was only for birds. Neil Armstrong managed to be the first man to land on the moon. Even today, many people still believe it did not really happen.
We now have luxury cruises crossing the ocean, there are thousands of planes in the sky every single day and soon Elon Musk‘s SpaceX will be the first company to offer space tourism. All of this seems so normal now, but it once took someone to think out of the box and actually do it while everyone else thought it was impossible.
Nelson Mandela, who was born in 1918 and passed away in 2013, was South Africa’s first black President. He served the country for one term from 1994 till 1999. Mandela was an anti-apartheid revolutionary and co-founded the ANC’s (African National Congress) Youth League. In 1962, he was arrested for conspiring against the state. Mandela served a total of 27 years in prison. He spent most of his incarceration on Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town. During his presidential term, the main focus was to fully dismantle apartheid and tackle racial segregation. After his first and only term, he mainly focused on the Nelson Mandela Foundation which combats HIV/AIDS and poverty. Mandela always regretted that he had not done enough in the fight against HIV/AIDS during his presidency. At Mandela’s funeral, heads of state from all over the world were present to pay their respect.