‘It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another’. These were Nelson Mandela’s words in his 1995 book, Long Walk to Freedom and it is indeed what he made out of what he had that separated this great man from others.

I won’t speak for long, as Nelson Mandela’s actions; such as overturning the apartheid, his good nature, compassion and philanthropy, all speak for themselves. What can we learn from the life of Mandela? We learn the importance of courage, that nothing is impossible, and that we, as humans, can change anything. Where we see evil, we can make good. Where we see only darkness, Nelson Mandela showed us that we can find light.

‘It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another’. This was said by a black man who lived through apartheid South Africa. He was given nothing and yet he made so much. He made hope, he made freedom. If we look at what we have, our skills and talents, and employ them properly, then each of us can help to both change and improve the world.

RIP Nelson Mandela

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