Discovery of Healthy Mind & Body

A Life Long Lived


Who was this person? Why did (s)he do the things (s)he did? How do people remember him/her? These are all thoughts my students and I have pondered over the past couple weeks while deep into our Biographical study of a vast number of celebrities, sports stars, and mystery people to which I am also learning about.

 I started out this learning experience excited to understand better a man that has had a profound impact on South Africa and the world, Nelson Mandela. When he died I collected newspaper articles, collected several books, and watched the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. As I explored more into his life, I felt more raw emotions than I could ever have predicted, especially when comparing the written word of his autobiography to the movie.

Who decides what are the most important details of his life?

I have found myself dreaming of going back in time to be there when he was a young lawyer leading peaceful protests inevitably turning violent to see, hear, feel what he went through so I may justly express through my written word what a powerful soul this man embraced.

As I think about my craving to be there with the man I am putting so much time into learning about, I question whether my students feel the same way. I want to find every meaningful detail of his life to understand the ripples that have had such a major impact on humanity. This process makes me think about producers creating the movie Lincoln. Out of the whole of Honest Abe’s life, what were the most important details? How could they sum up his life in 150 minutes?

These men and women we are studying have had a life long lived. My only wish is to express their lives passionately and accurately so whomever stumbles across what I deem is important in their lives will serve their soul.



Comments on: "A Life Long Lived" (2)

  1. I feel where you are coming from. It’s so hard to inject our passion into the 100+ kids we teach…but I have found that I catch more of them by modeling it. In your case, actually doing the research and the writing about Mandela. How wonderful to actually carve out that time in your life to learn and share something that you are passionate and curious about! Why not do it–all of it–in front of you kids? And do it with everything. Passion is contagious isn’t it?

  2. biographies have always been one of my favorite things to read. I was always so amazed by the challenges people have overcome and the bravery of so many.

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