I’m kind of obsessed with this quote from Nelson Mandela: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
This is pretty much the quote I’ve been living by, without actually having heard it before. But when I read it the other day, I immediately fell in love. Because its true; you can’t truly be passionate if you’re settling for less than you can do. Bravo, Nelson Mandela; I love it.
But I really need to know… Would wearing this quote on a shirt just be too much?
Is it right to put such profoundness onto a graphic tee? Because I kind of really want it. But I don’t necessarily want people stopping to stare at me while they take the time to read my shirt (what, 20 seconds or so? The cursive is a bit hard to make out). And then say something like, “Oooh that’s so true!!” And then I’ll just stand there smiling all goofy, like, “Thanks! I didn’t make it up, but uh, yeah.”
Plus, it’s a $70 t-shirt. Which come on, it’s not like Nelson Mandela is getting royalties or anything here. Though the shirt is from Bono’s line, Edun, and so it does foster sustainable employment. And the website is currently alerting me that limited quantities of this shirt exist. Like, “Come on, you know you want it; everyone else does, so you better get it before they do!” I can’t do it though. Way too profound.
Also, it looks like the girl in the photo wants to be Bella Swan.