I am a week away from returning back to ‘school’ to embark on my Msc. and I am thinking about what drives us as human beings. To sum up my apprehension and motivation, I have drafted in the wise and esteemed Madiba (Mr Mandela to you), especially since I just revisited his autobiography – A Long Walk to Freedom having read it the first time at the age of 15.

I hope his words (below) enlighten you as much as they have enlightened me.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are younot to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Long live Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela.