Inspiration Behind the Name

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter: I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibility, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended” ~Nelson Mandela

I stumbled upon this quote while walking through a gift shop on Robbin Island off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, which is famously the location where the great Nelson Mandela spent 28 years of his life behind bars for fighting against the apartheid regime. I was immediately drawn to the power behind his words, and the way it so eloquently portrays the journey that we are all on and the highs and lows that come along with it. The quote promotes persistence along with responsibility. But unlike other quotes that deliver the same message, it also appreciates the moments of rest. Through my travels I have learned that it is upon returning that I learn the most, as I look back at the beautiful journey I had just been on. As one reflects and discusses on the experiences one just had, the broader connections begin to form and one learns to express their new knowledge so others may grow as well.

For someone who is still developing as a writer, blogs have always scared me. However, through creating a space where I can reflect on the journeys I will take, I allow for the growth that comes through appreciating both the victories and defeats. I hope that through this platform my reflection will communicate to others and provide a view that will challenge, expose, and cherish so many of the world’s facets.

I hope you will join me on my journey, for none of our long walks have ended.


5 thoughts on “Inspiration Behind the Name

  1. Mariel Rodriguez

    You are an amazing woman!!!! I can’ t wait to read this and learn so much from you! I love you!

  2. Colleen Lesnjak

    I am excited to learn from you and see the growth of knowledge you possess, emerge through your writing! Love you Sista!!!

  3. Janice

    Hope to follow this as well. Good luck, stay safe keep the faith in the universe and yourself. God Speed

  4. Anna Blazejowskyj

    Hey Elynn,

    I absolutely love reading your blog. Your have a beautiful way with words, and I am so inspired by all the world that you are out there getting to know. I’ve decided to take a bit of break from Facebook, so thought this might be the best way to get in touch. I’m going to be done with school in less than a month, and would just love to talk to you about your journey.

    Would love to hear from you at

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