I decided to wait a day before sharing this…
Why is it that any time someone dies of natural causes in their later years (70+), it’s a “tragedy”, a “devastating” loss or a “sad day”?
Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life in hell for other people. Before and after his prison stint, he exemplified peace and love, as much as any human can. He was the definition of ‘started from the bottom, now we here’. He used his prison AND presidential platforms to attempt to liberate an ENTIRE CONTINENT, as well as elevate Africa in the international public consciousness. He enjoyed immeasurable levels of success and strife, emotions ranging on both extremes of the spectrum. HE LIVED HIS LIFE, FOR 95 YEARS.
Now… why is it that in instances such as this, that you are left frustrated? Are you that selfish and lazy? What is the benefit of keeping this guy (or for you, it may be a relative or friend) around? As a figurehead? A reminder of what was? To suffer and endure inevitable health complications so YOU can feel better and more comfortable? I really want to know why!
I say this all the time, and I’ll say it again: DEATH is one of the few constants in life. For any living being that maxes out their life before they die, whether in years, in actions or both, they are not to be mourned. It is not tragic, it is not devastating. Sad, maybe, depending on the circumstance and your connection to the person… but in the case of Mandiba, none of y’all should be sad; y’all were just laughing at Sharkeisha yesterday.
Their transition to the afterlife should be CELEBRATED. Their life should be admired as the completion of an artist’s masterful mosaic, and serve as inspiration to begin your own work of art, carrying on the legacy. But instead, in this social media day and age, folks just bounce with the trends and have no sense of what their emotions really are. To act like this event really hurt some of y’all is a lie (key word: some).
Slightly off-topic, but I’ll close by saying endeavor to create a legacy of your own.
Here goes my side of the story.
Weeks ago, my homie Wes informed me that Lupe Fiasco was performing live in Philly at the Trocadero. I have only seen Lupe perform on TV and YouTube, so needless to say I was extremely excited about this opportunity.
At the venue, my brother and I were able to…