On what holds a life together

“He is simply a wonderful husband. We met in life at time we were both settled. We were grown up, we were settled, we knew the value of a companion, of a partner. Because of that, we have enjoyed this relationship in a really special way. It’s not like when you are still young, you are too demanding. No, no. We just accept each other as we are. And we enjoy every single day as if it is the last day. Because of that, it has been wonderful to have him as a husband..”

Graca Machel, 62, on her husband Nelson Mandela, 90 (June 26th 2008).

They were married ten years ago. Graca Machel was 27 years younger than Nelson Mandela.  The only woman in the world to have been first lady in two countries, her first husband Samora Machel was president of Mozambique when he died in a unexplained plane crash in 1986.

Nelson Mandela, along with Aung San Suu Kyi, the Dalai Lama, Anwar Ibrahim, and Mum are my five all-time heroes.

Nelson Mandela and his wife, Graça Machel,
Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel

One Reply to “On what holds a life together”

  1. That’s what true love implies, Niall.Very touching story.Thank you for posting out. That reminds me of a saying: Love doesn’t require two people look at each other, but that they look together in the same direction. Pity that love is based on too many selfish factors nowadays, seldom see that pure love just as in your post. It’s on commitment and common life goal and mutual understanding that holds a life together, a lasting ,healthy relationship cannot be based on just feelings(=two people looking at each other) and temporary material pursuit. So applaud for this touching story again 🙂

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