Mandela Day

Mandela Day – created, of course, to honor the late Nelson Mandela – will take place on July 18th. Although Mandela truly needs no introduction, he was the president of South Africa from 1994-99, an anti-apartheid revolutionary and philanthropist. Mandela also served as the president of the African National Congress and the Non-Aligned Movement in the ’90s.

Despite Mandela’s immense list of personal achievements and accomplishments that changed mankind for the good, his day was inaugurated to celebrate the beautiful philosophy with which Mandela lived each and every day. Mr. Mandela is said to have followed three distinct rules throughout his life: free yourself, free others and serve every day. These rules are implicit in the legacy he left in the wake of his death this year and in the very fabric of what Nelson Mandela Day hopes to inspire in you and me.

“… to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so, to build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere.” mandeladay.com

Every one of us has the ability, as well as the responsibility, to enact positive change every day. Every one of us, too, is able to participate in the day by contributing to Mandela’s legacy in service of one’s fellow human. Let’s further the inspiring concept behind Mandela Day, as the tagline of Mandela Day states: “Take Action. Inspire Change. Make every day a Mandela Day.” At Horyou we make every day a Mandela Day by connecting Members, Personalities and Organizations who all strive for social good. Mandela enacted such positive change in the world – with your Dreams, Inspiration and Actions, we can do that as well.

Writer's Day

Writer’s Day, celebrated this past Tuesday, July 8th, honored the authors of the world and their beloved craft. Across the nation and all over Google, writing competitions commenced in celebration. In a world inundated with television and movies, (no offense meant, because who among us doesn’t truly relish a good Netflix binge?) the original escape cannot be forgotten.

Without sounding utterly melodramatic, a good book or essay or poem can change your life forever. Writing – and reading – allows you to access the whole world. In the flip of a page and turn of a word, you can be in Patagonia, crying at the loss of your new best friend from Chapter 2 or impassioned by the word’s of leaders passed. Do not forget, dear readers of mine, that your writing could change someone’s life.

Whatever your craft of choice might be – poetry, fiction, essays or anything in between – allow it to become your outlet. Writing can be the greatest catharsis, and self-expression is important. Actually, self-expression is crucial. Allow yourself to express how you feel, and elaborate on what you think. Where would any of us be without our Lisa Frank diaries from third grade, immortalizing our most embarrassing moments during gym class and secret loves for our BFF’s older brother. Get a journal, use it and make your elementary-school self proud.

To be honest, every day should be Writer’s Day. Make it that way by honing your skills, accessing your emotions and heading out on a journey. Enjoy that movie – but don’t forget how much better the book was.

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